How to Make Simple Syrup

Simple Syrup Recipe

For your basic simple syrup recipe, you need two ingredients: water and sugar. The ratio of water to sugar can vary, but we usually stick to equal parts water to sugar. For 1 cup of sugar, we use 1 cup of water. That’s it.

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For 1 1/2 cups of simple syrup, combine 1 cup of water with 1 cup of sugar. Note: In case you were wondering, chemistry is to blame for the missing 1/2 cup -- You would think 1 cup of water + 1 cup of sugar would equal 2 cups, but it doesn't, chemistry is like that sometimes.
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You Will Need
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  1. Combine water and sugar in a saucepan over medium-high heat.
  2. Bring the mixture to a boil and stir until the sugar has dissolved in to the water. Cool before using. Store covered in the fridge for 3-4 weeks.

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3 comments… Leave a Comment
  • Nissa December 8, 2016, 1:20 pm

    I bought Simple Syrup at the store already made. What is this used for?

    • Joanne January 4, 2017, 1:48 pm

      Simple syrup is often used for sweetening cocktails or coffee drinks.

  • Feryall August 16, 2016, 2:22 pm

    Hi! Stumbled across this blog post in a Google search for simple syrup. While everyone tells you how simple simple syrup is, almost no one has provided the YIELD from the ratio of sugar and water. You were great in providing it, and also explaining why it is not 1+1=2 cups for the yield. Good job!


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