Simple Syrup


Once you realize how easy making simple syrup is, you’re likely to keep a batch in your fridge at all times. The syrup is just equal parts sugar and water, boiled until the sugar is dissolved and suspended in a liquid. This means that you can sweeten any drink and get an even dispersal of sweetness throughout. Sugar syrup easily takes on other flavors, so once you’ve got the hang of the method, try infusing it with ingredients like cinnamon or lemon peel. Add your pick after the syrup comes to a boil and let the syrup take on the flavor as it cools. Remove before bottling for a subtle flavor, or leave in for something more intense.

Simple Syrup
Photo: Greg DuPree
Hands On Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
4 cups


  • 3 cups sugar

  • 3 cups water


  1. Stir together sugar and water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high and cook, stirring often, until sugar dissolves, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature, about 30 minutes. Store syrup in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 month. Use to sweeten iced coffee or tea, cocktails, or our Easy Fresh Fruit Sodas.

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