Easy Homemade Simple Syrup

How to make simple syrup with regular sugar, brown sugar or honey. This is perfect in your cocktails, mocktails, coffee, tea, and for decorating cakes.

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Homemade Simple Syrup Recipe Video

How to Make Simple Syrup

Simple syrup is ridiculously easy to make, and since it lasts a while in the fridge, we can make one large batch and go back to it each time we want to make a cocktail. Here’s another syrup for you! Our Lemon Ginger Syrup is delicious in cocktails, mocktails, and teas.

Equal parts water and sugar.

You only need two ingredients for your basic simple syrup recipe: water and sugar. The most common ratio for simple syrup is equal parts water to sugar. However, this doesn’t mean that you couldn’t make the syrup richer by using more sugar or leaner by using less sugar.

Homemade Simple Syrup Recipe

You can even play around when making simple syrup. Swapping white sugar for brown sugar makes a rich, almost caramel-like syrup that works well in cocktails like this Old Fashioned or our Lemon Drop Martini.

Honey is also a nice idea, especially since using pure honey in cocktails is tricky. Pure honey is thick and doesn’t fully dissolve into the cocktail. By making a honey simple syrup, you thin out the honey while keeping the flavor.

Brown sugar simple syrup.

Another idea is to make a flavored simple syrup. That’s what we did in our video. In the video, we make a mint citrus simple syrup.

  • To make brown simple syrup, combine equal parts light or dark brown sugar with water. Bring it to a simmer and cook until the sugar has dissolved.
  • To make honey simple syrup, use a one-to-one ratio of honey and water to make a mild flavored honey syrup or increase the honey to two parts and mix with one part water for a stronger honey flavor. For honey syrup, experiment with different honeys. Clover honey is mild and sweet while orange blossom honey might be a nice touch for cocktails that call for citrus.
  • To make citrus mint flavored simple syrup, combine equal parts sugar and water. Bring everything to a simmer and cook until the sugar dissolves. Turn off the heat, and then add a handful of citrus peel and fresh mint leaves. As the syrup sits and cools, the flavors of citrus and mint will steep into the syrup. A similar process works with spices — think whole cloves, star anise, and cinnamon.

Recipe updated, originally posted October 2011. Since posting this in 2011, we have tweaked the recipe to be more clear. – Adam and Joanne

Homemade Simple Syrup

Easy Homemade Simple Syrup

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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

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You Will Need

1 cup water, preferably filtered

1 cup granulated sugar, brown sugar, or honey


  • Basic Recipe
  • 1Add 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.

  • Citrus Mint Simple Syrup (like in the video)
  • 1To make citrus mint simple syrup, follow the recipe below, and then when the sugar has dissolved, turn off the heat, and then stir in a handful of mint leaves and citrus peel (I love a combination of lemon, orange, and lime). Leave the syrup off of the heat and allow it to steep and cool. Strain, and then store.

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: make the syrup as shared in the recipe above, turn off the heat, and then stir in your herbs, citrus, and/or spices. Allow the syrup to cool. While it cools, the ingredients you added will steep. Strain, and then use as desired.

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Nutrition Per Serving Serving Size 1 tablespoon / Calories 32 / Total Fat 0 g / Saturated Fat 0 g / Cholesterol 0 mg / Sodium 0 mg / Carbohydrates 8.3 g / Dietary Fiber 0 g / Total Sugars 8.3 g / Protein 0 g
AUTHOR:  Adam and Joanne Gallagher
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14 comments… Leave a Review
  • Terry May 20, 2023, 1:29 pm

    Can you use stevia or monk sugar?

    • Joanne September 11, 2023, 7:30 pm

      Hi Terry, We have not experimented with either of these in this recipe.

  • THuff October 16, 2022, 3:23 pm

    I added some vanilla before it started simmering, and the result got rave reviews.

  • Ralph Menon October 17, 2021, 3:52 am

    Thank you so much. It was so simple & easy to make. Appreciate your experience & advice

  • Jennie January 31, 2021, 3:11 am

    Thank you for this simple breakdown!

    • Anne September 9, 2021, 9:12 pm

      Tried it with fresh rosemary and granulated sugar. Superior!! Thanks

      • Joanne September 30, 2022, 4:14 pm

        Sounds lovely.

  • Aivaras S January 15, 2021, 6:24 pm

    Using 1/1 ratio of brown sugar and water makes for very thin syrup. It comes out like dark brown water, but sweet. Using regular sugar it’s perfect and thick.

  • David Helms November 16, 2020, 7:34 pm

    haven’t tried it yet. Going to make soon.

  • Mark October 24, 2018, 9:20 am

    I messed it up and ended up making caramel but caramel covered pancakes pretty darn good.

  • LilyD June 17, 2018, 5:27 pm

    It was soo easy!! Thank you SOO much! They didn’t have it at the store and I thought I was doomed but you saved me!!?

  • 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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