Learn How To Make Simple Syrup at home in minutes with just water and granulated sugar on the stovetop! A great ingredient to use in drinks and desserts!
After I shared my Strawberry Peach Wine Slushies, several readers have asked me the question, “What is simple syrup, and where do I find it?” Well, the answer is simple, ha, get it? Anyways, you can buy it at the store, usually located near the mixers in the liquor aisle, or you can make it yourself which is what I prefer to do!
It’s so easy to make right at home since all it takes is equal parts sugar and water and a little time on the stove.
This syrup is the perfect way to sweeten cold drinks without leaving sugar granules settling at the bottom of the glass, just perfectly mixed drinks. With a funnel and a pretty bottle, this could even make a great little gift too!
What Is Simple Syrup?
Simple syrup is a liquid sweetener that’s made when granulated sugar dissolves into hot water yet maintains its liquid state after cooling.
The Experience Of Homemade Simple Syrup
Boiled: In just 10 minutes or less, this simple syrup comes together after boiling on the stovetop. This process allows the sugar to become more soluble in the hot water, making for the perfect simple syrup!
Taste: Once it’s finished, you’re left with a sweet syrup that tastes better than anything you could have bought at the store!
Simple Syrup Ingredients
- Granulated Sugar
A recipe’s ingredient list really doesn’t get any easier than this one for simple syrup. And the best part is that since granulated sugar is a pantry staple, you likely can make this syrup without any notice since you have both ingredients already!
To complete the recipe, you’ll also need a small saucepan for boiling, a fine mesh sieve for straining, and an airtight container or bottle for storing.
Can You Make Flavored Simple Syrups?
Absolutely! This basic simple syrup recipe is just the beginning, as there are lots of tasty flavoring variations. The equal part sugar to equal part water in this recipe is actually the foundation from which many other simple syrups are made.
There’s Lavender Simple Syrup that’s used up in a delicious Lavender Latte, Brown Sugar Simple Syrup that makes its way into a Shaken Brown Sugar Oatmilk Espresso, and even Raspberry Iced Tea that’s made with Raspberry Simple Syrup!
Step By Step Instructions To Make Simple Syrup:
Step 1: Combine the water and granulated sugar in a small saucepan and boil over medium heat until the sugar dissolves while stirring constantly.
Step 2: Strain the simple syrup through a fine mesh sieve to ensure no lumps make it into the finished syrup.
The Best Ways To Enjoy This Simple Syrup
- Iced Teas – Cool down with crisp, refreshing Iced Teas such as Peach Iced Tea or Iced Strawberry Tea!
- Lemonades – For a kick of citrus, use this simple syrup to add sweetness to lemonades like Sparkling Raspberry Lemonade and Roasted Strawberry Lemonade!
- Cocktails – I love to use this homemade syrup up in a Cranberry Cooler as well as in this Champagne Shirley Temple Recipe!
- Glaze – Simple syrup makes a great glaze for brushing fresh berry pies! Try it on my Blueberry Hand Pies, Air Fryer Hand Pies, or on this Raspberry Pie.
This simple syrup is a great make-ahead recipe that can be enjoyed for weeks as an add-in to drinks! It’s the perfect homemade ingredient to have on hand in the summertime when ice-cold cocktails and party punches are being whipped up on the regular!
How To Store Simple Syrup
Once the syrup has completely cooled to room temperature, transfer it into an airtight container or bottle. Then store it in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.
Frequently Asked Questions
Simple syrup is made with a 1:1 ratio of water and sugar and is the common recipe here in the States. Whereas rich syrup is made with a 2:1 sugar-to-water ratio and is common in the UK.
I’ve never had an issue with it going bad, but I tend to use it up pretty quickly and never make more than I know I’ll use in a reasonable amount of time.
Absolutely! To do so, just add 2 cups of your choice of fruit to the mixture. After the syrup has boiled and cooled, pour the mixture through a fine-mesh strainer.
The formula for simple syrup is 1:1, equal parts water to sugar. For example, one cup of water and one cup of granulated sugar. Or, for a larger batch, three cups of water and three cups of sugar.
More Homemade Syrups
- Homemade Chocolate Syrup – A perfectly rich and chocolaty syrup that’s made in less than 20 minutes!
- Spiced Vanilla Syrup – Smother your pancakes and waffles with this creamy spiced syrup!
- Grenadine Syrup – Fresh, flavorful cocktail syrup that’s made with just 3 ingredients!
- Cranberry Orange Bourbon Syrup – Drizzle this sweet yet bitter syrup over ice cream or cinnamon rolls!
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This recipe was published in June 2017 and was updated in May 2023 with fresh photos and content.
How To Make Simple Syrup
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- Combine ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat until sugar dissolves, stirring constantly. Allow to cool.
- You can make rich simple syrup by using a 2:1 ratio of sugar to water.
- I’ve never had an issue with it going bad, but I tend to use it up pretty quickly and never make more than I know I’ll use in a reasonable amount of time. I would recommend storing this simple syrup in an air-tight bottle in the refrigerator for 1 month.