Simple syrup is a staple in my refrigerator. It blends beautifully into cold drinks in a way granulated sugar just doesn't. It is iced coffee and cocktail's best friend. AND it is incredibly simple (no pun intended) to make.
Here's how you make it:
Simple Syrup (1 cup)
1 cup of water
1 cup of white sugar
Add both ingredients to saucepan and bring to boil stirring occasionally. When the sugar has completely dissolved in the water turn off the burner and let the syrup cool a bit and put in a glass jar to store. This will keep in the refrigerator for about 6 months. This recipe can be scaled up as needed.
It's that easy!
There are several ways you can fancy this up.
1. Use brown sugar instead of white - I wouldn't recommend this for most drinks, but if you are out of maple syrup this is a good substitute.
2. Flavor it - Make a little satchel out of cheesecloth and fill it with your favorite herbs. Add the satchel to the syrup right after you turn off the burner and steep it like tea. My favorite flavors are basil and lavender, but citrus peel, mint, cinnamon, and cardamom are all delicious. Experiment yourself!
What ways do you use simple syrup?