Sunday, April 24

Simple Syrup

Simple syrup is an essential ingredient in numerous cocktails. Simply put, it is sugar and water. The sugar is super-saturated by heating the water.

Simple syrup is often used to offset the tart taste of many drinks to make a more balanced mixture. For example, in a Whiskey Sour, simple syrup is added to lemon juice to make flavorful mix.

There is a store-bought mix called Sweet and Sour Mix, but with this you can't control the balance of your cocktails properly. For some drinks you want more sweet than sour and visa versa. So make your own.

The process is pretty easy.

Simple Syrup:
Combine 1 part water and 1 part sugar in a saucepan. Heat and stir until it comes to a boil. Boil for two minutes. Take off the heat and store in a plastic or glass container at room temperature.

This mixture will last about 2 months. If you want to extend that period, you can add 2 ozs of Vodka per pint of simple syrup to the recipe.

Simple Syrup works great in an Old-Fashioned and many other classic cocktails. Give it a try.


Anonymous said...

thanks it's been 20 odd years since i worked in a bar i know it sounds silly but i couldn't remember how to make sour mix i look forward to a singapore sling sooner rather than later, maree

Goofs said...


I'd just like to mention that some old fashioned (not the cocktail) books claim simple syrup should be done with 1 cup of water and 3 cups of sugar. I personally tried this and am not disappointed.

Most current day recipes say 1 to 2.

And here you say 1 to 1.

Clearly the best choice is for bartenders out there to make a bit of each and try it out. Its quite cheap and easy. It all depends on the amount of water you want in your cocktail, and perhaps how much ice you put etc.

Some people also recommend adding more ingredients to make the texture smoother. There is some info on this on wikipedia.


ps: This is an amazing site, keep up the fabulous work.

Anonymous said...

One site that uses 1:1 specifies "by volume." Another that suggests 1:2 specifies cups (volume).

Anonymous said...

For Simple this is what i use:

1:1 for white sugar to be used in clear drinks

1:2 (water:cane sugar) for a richer syrup to be used in non-clear drinks, great in old fashioned's or with a rum.

For Sour mixes:

1:1:1 FRESH lime, lemon and simple. I cannot stress how big a difference fresh squeezed juice makes a cocktail come to life!