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Simple Syrup Recipe

The Basics: Simple Syrup

I was recently shocked to find that my best friend always avoids recipes with simple syrup because she doesn't know how to make it. As I taught her how to put it together, I realized that maybe some of you are like my friend.

Here's the deal with simple syrup: it's used to sweeten everything from drinks to desserts, and is extremely simple to prepare (as its name implies). A classic variation consists of equal parts sugar and water, while a rich simple syrup is two parts sugar to one part water. It keeps in the fridge for up to a month and can be flavored with citrus, herbs, and fruit. To get the uncomplicated technique you'll use over and over again, keep reading.

Photo: Nicole Perry
Simple Syrup

Simple Syrup

Simple Syrup


1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup water


  1. Bring the sugar and water a boil in a small saucepan set over high heat.
  2. Remove from heat and let cool. Pour into a jar or bottle and store in the fridge for up to a month.

Makes about 1-1/2 cups.

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lekatvt lekatvt 3 years
Do I add the citrus while it's boiling or just put in the jar after?
Spectra Spectra 6 years
I make mint simply syrup with the mint I grow. It's really good in iced tea!
AmberHoney AmberHoney 6 years
I made some rose water simple syrup about 3 weeks ago. It's my latest attempt at eating flowers - roses and lavender so far, fresh from my garden!
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 6 years
That was one sweet post...........simple toooooo.
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