Simple Syrup Guide

Simple Syrup Guide

April 25, 2021

We want to walk people through how to make various types of common simple syrup varieties which are a great addition to many cocktails. Virtually every type of simple syrup we walk you through in this post is extremely "simple"! Recipe order is:

  1. Basic 1/1 Simple Syrup
  2. Honey Simple Syrup
  3. Flavored 1/1 Simple Syrups

Simple syrup is named so because that's exactly what it is! Two ingredients thrown together, BOOM, you're ready to go. As a sweetening agent for cocktails it doesn't add much to the drink other than balance and, you guessed it; sweetness. 

Honey is a fantastic addition to cocktails because it has so much variation and flavor. Each honey you get will be slightly different which a part of the fun of making your own honey simple syrup. Doing so gives you the freedom to use the honey you love most!

If you were to try and use honey in a cocktail without making a simple syrup you would have a damn near impossible time of getting it to incorporate into your bevvy. That is unless you want to shake your cocktail all night. I don't, so I wanted to provide you with the information to make it so you can use honey in any drink. Just be warned that since it is so flavorful it will change the flavor profile of your cocktail, so experiment and play with it until you find a ratio you like. Honey makes for one heck of a great alternative sweetener to cane sugar!!

There are some cocktails which specifically call for honey simple syrup such as the Brown Derby Cocktail.

Anyways! They're all super simple to make at home, it's essentially equal parts water and sweetener.

 

Recipe

Basic 1/1 Simple Syrup

  • 1/2 Cup Cane Sugar(or turbinado, this will have a darker color and deeper flavor).
  • 1/2 Cup Hot Water

Process

  1. Use hot tap water or boil some water.
  2. Place water into a mason jar or bowl.
  3. Add sugar.
  4. Stir until the sugar dissolves.
  5. Store in the fridge.

Recipe

Honey Simple Syrup

  • 1/2 Cup Honey
  • 1/2 Cup Warm-Hot Water

Process

  1. Use hot tap water or boil some water.
  2. Place water into a mason jar or bowl.
  3. Add honey.
  4. Stir until the honey dissolves.
  5. Store in the fridge.

 Recipe

 Flavored 1/1 Simple Syrup Varieties

  • 1 Cup Cane Sugar(or Honey)
  • 1 Cup Hot Water
  • One or more of the following
    • Cinnamon

      • 1 Cinnamon Stick

      Vanilla

      • 1 Vanilla Bean slit lengthwise and opened

      Lavender

      • 1 tablespoon dried Culinary-grade Lavender

      Mint

      • 1 cup fresh Mint Leaves

      Rosemary

      • 1/4 cup fresh Rosemary Leaves

      Raspberry

      • 2 1/2 cups fresh Raspberries (2 6-ounce cartons)

Process

  1. Place water, sugar, and desired flavoring ingredient(s) to a sauce pan.
  2. Simmer until sugar dissolves.
  3. Some of the ingredients added need a longer time to simmer and pull all the flavor from:
    1. Cinnamon-3 minutes
    2. Mint-2 minutes
    3. Rosemary-1 minute
    4. Raspberry-5 minutes
      1. Once raspberries have simmered for five minutes, smash them up to get the most out of them.
  4. Once you've simmered for desired amount of time, let syrup cool for 1-2 hours.
  5. Strain into a glass bottle or jar and place in the fridge

Storage

All of the simple syrups listed above should last for about the month in the fridge.

Since simple syrup lasts so long it's a great thing to make ahead of when you need it so it's ready whenever you are. However, if you're in a pinch unflavored simple syrup and honey simple syrup can be made on demand. Just mix equal parts sweetener and hot water, then build your cocktail on top of that.

 



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