The most common ratio for simple syrup is equal parts water to sugar. For a richer syrup, use more sugar. For a leaner syrup, use less. This recipe can be used with white sugar, brown sugar, and honey. Also, take a look at the notes section below for how to make flavored simple syrup.
Makes approximately 1 1/2 cups simple syrup
You Will Need
1 cup water, preferably filtered
1 cup granulated sugar, brown sugar, or honey
Add water and sugar to a saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring the mixture to a simmer and cook, swirling the pan occasionally, until the sugar has completely dissolved. Cool then store in an airtight container, in the fridge, up to 4 weeks.
Adam and Joanne's Tips
How to store simple syrup: Store simple syrup in an airtight container, in the fridge, until ready to use. Basic simple syrup will last up to 4 weeks, however flavored simple syrups should be used within two weeks.
Making flavored simple syrup: Combine equal parts sugar and water then add citrus zest. Bring everything to a simmer. As the water simmers, the sugar will dissolve and the oils and flavor of the zest will seep out, making a citrus flavored simple syrup. A similar process works with spices — think whole cloves, star anise, and cinnamon. You can also make the basic recipe, let it cool and store the syrup with fresh herbs added. Fresh rosemary or mint are delicious. Or try a slice of fresh ginger.
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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AUTHOR:Adam and Joanne Gallagher
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