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The Ultimate Bar: Simple Syrup

Like sweet & sour mix, I always have a small bottle of simple syrup in my refrigerator because it is essential to making creative cocktails at home. As crucial as the cocktail shaker, simple syrup is merely a mixture of sugar that has been dissolved into water. The solution is cooked over low heat until clear and then boiled for a minute or so. It's an important ingredient in many drinks (like

s) because it is used to sweeten the mixture. Plain sugar, when added to an icy cocktail shaker with hard liquor, does not dissolve well into the liquids. However if the sugar is in liquid form, as it is in a simple syrup (sometimes called a sugar syrup), the drink will be smoothly and lightly sweetened. To make a simple syrup takes no time at all and you can easily infuse it with fresh herbs or fruits. For the recipe that will last for up to a month in the fridge,

Simple Syrup
From Liquor Snob

2 cups sugar
1 cup water

  1. Put one cup of water in a small saucepan.
  2. Add two cups of sugar.
  3. Heat to a boil while stirring.
  4. Reduce heat and continue to stir until the sugar dissolves.
  5. Cool to room temperature.
  6. Find a clean container that will hold at least a cup and a half.
  7. Using a funnel, pour liquid into container.
  8. Seal and store in refrigerator indefinitely.
  9. Use whenever a recipe calls for simple sugar or simple syrup.
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SU3 SU3 10 years
hmm.. I've never heard of this, but I agree with kscincotta - after reading all of that... it sounds GOOD!
kscincotta kscincotta 10 years
Well, I was going to comment that it sounds great but as we generally don't drink liquor, I don't have much need for it, but all of the other comments have caused me to rethink that!
celebrity_soup celebrity_soup 10 years
this syrup is perfect when dipped in plain or sugar coookies, any cookie! The syrup fries into a hard sugar shell. mmmmmmmm
mochachino mochachino 10 years
When in doubt DANCE!!! We do this at work, if you don't feel like boiling water and all that other stuff, we just take superfine sugar,(Dominos) put it into like a very large pitcher more sugar than water of course(normally we use five pounds of sugar) add hot or semi hot water grab a whisk and whisk like you have lost your mind or work out some frustations, it gets clear just make sure the sugar has dissolved and voile' you are done, and hey no whisk, a slotted spoon works just as well. we do this at work. and i sometimes use it in a smoothie that i make at work.
econinsf econinsf 10 years
I love simple syrup in my iced tea.
ALSW ALSW 10 years
Looks simple enough!
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