In just 5 minutes you can have this classic simple syrup recipe. It is perfect for making mocktails or adding some moistness to baked goods!
The simplicity of simple syrup makes it one of the best recipes. It has many uses and can easily be used as is or imparted with flavors like lavender, orange and strawberry.
This sweetener is simple but perfectly sweet. It’s a great addition to cocktail recipes, mocktails, iced coffee, and even baked treats! I love adding this rich syrup to these mocktail recipes…
- Candy Cane Christmas Mocktails
- Virgin Margarita Mocktail
- Fresh Raspberry Mocktail
- Non-alcoholic Gin and Tonic
- Virgin Strawberry Margarita
Simple syrup is also a great topping on my gluten-free rhubarb crisp with peaches. It’s a great substitute for maple syrup or honey syrups on sweet treats.
Honestly, this syrup tastes great in any hot or cold drinks! Iced tea, hot chocolate, iced coffee, cold brew, and even lemonade! It’s such great way to sweeten drinks because all it takes is a couple tablespoons.
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What is simple syrup made of?
This simple syrup recipe is made from two basic ingredients you probably already have! One part sugar and one part water, that’s it! There is equal parts water to sugar so it’s super easy to make a double batch or half batch.
This recipe calls for white sugar and I wouldn’t recommend substituting for brown sugar or an artificial sweetener. You won’t get the same result or the same taste.
However, we have a GREAT Brown Sugar Simple Syrup recipe that has a more caramel flavor which I love for fall drinks especially.
Can you make flavored simple syrups?
Yes! It’s actually super easy to make flavored syrups. I like adding flavored syrups to fun flavored mocktails! Here are a few of my favorite flavored simple syrup recipes…
- Peach simple syrup
- Orange simple syrup
- Lavender simple syrup
- Strawberry simple syrup
- Raspberry Simple Syrup
- Rose Simple Syrup
- Blueberry Simple Syrup
- Blackberry Simple Syrup
- Rosemary Simple Syrup
- Jalapeno Simple Syrup
What can be substituted for simple syrup?
There are a bunch of different sweeteners that can be substituted for simple syrup. Swap out maple syrup or honey syrup for this sugar water in coffees and other cold beverages.
Use this simple syrup to sweeten easy recipes or even drizzle on gluten-free pancakes!
Is simple syrup the same as liquid sugar?
Simple syrup is the same thing as liquid sugar. Sugar syrup is made with an equal ratio of sugar to water which allows it to easily dissolve in drinks. It’s a must for any home bartender as it’s needed for almost any type of cocktail or mocktail!
What you need to make it
One cup sugar is perfect for this old fashioned simple syrup recipe. To keep this recipe simple, white or cane sugar works best.
One cup water cooked with one cup of sugar is the perfect ratio for this rich simple syrup! Doesn’t get any easier than that.
How to make it
Making rich syrup is surprisingly easy! All you have to do it whisk together equal parts water and sugar then boil. Sugar dissolves easily into hot water so another key step is allowing the sugar water to cool.
How do you store simple syrup?
You can store simple syrups in a mason jar, glass bottle, or another airtight container at room temperature or in the refrigerator. Your simple syrup will last up to 2 weeks at room temperature or 1 month refrigerated. Once it starts to get cloudy or discolored, it is no longer good.
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Simple Syrup Recipe (Classic & Easy)
- 1 C water
- 1 C sugar
- Add 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar to a pan and whisk well
- Bring to a boil whisking occasionally then remove from heat and let steep for 10 minutes
- Pour syrup into a glass bottle and store at room temperature
Moop Brown says
This is such a versatile sweetener and is something that can be used for a variety of different recipes. Thanks for sharing!
Sandhya Ramakrishnan says
I am in love with your different flavored simple syrup. I made this simple plain syrup yesterday and my son loves it for his cold coffee. Can’t wait to try the others.
Thanks Sandhya, so glad you guys loved it! 🙂
Katie Crenshaw says
Made this simple syrup for margaritas. It turned out perfect. So easy to make.
Great way to use it Katie, thanks!
Lori | The Kitchen Whisperer says
With us having a ginormous lemon tree, lemonade is a must. Simple syrup is such a lifesaver! This is such a great recipe to use!
I love using it in lemonade too!
Loreto and Nicoletta says
Thanks for sharing this.. Love the idea of flavored simple syrup! Ireally didn’t know it was so easy!
You bet, so glad you liked it. 🙂
I never knew how easy it was to make simple syrup! This recipe is great. Thanks so much!!
This recipe works perfectly every time. Thanks for the tips and making life easy in my kitchen.
You bet, glad you enjoyed it Megan!
This is a great simple syrup recipe! I can think of several things to use it in. Thanks for the tips and tricks!
Super simple and homemade which is always the best. Next, I’ll try this recipe with low-carb sugar.
Patricia @ Grab a Plate says
Ooo! Now you’ve got me thinking about everything I can make! The idea of peach simple syrup sounds divine for the upcoming summer season!
This is such a cool idea! I love using it to make fun mocktails 🙂