Simple Syrup

Simple syrup is the secret ingredient to the best cold homemade beverages. You can add simple syrup to any fruit juice and create your own special summertime drinks.

There are several thicknesses of simple syrup and they have different uses. Thin simple syrup, a ratio of 3 parts water to 1 part sugar, is used to glaze cakes and cookies. Medium simple syrup, a ratio of 2 parts water to 1 part sugar, is used to make beverages and sweeten iced tea. And thick simple syrup, a ratio of 1 part water to 1 part sugar, is used to glaze candied fruits and is the basis of cold drinks.

Yield

about 2 2/3 cups (32 servings)

Ingredients

2 cups granulated (white) sugar
2 cups water

Directions

In a medium saucepan combine sugar and water. Bring to a boil, stirring, until sugar has dissolved.

At this point you can add flavorings; add about a tablespoon of any liquid extract. You can also stir in 1 tablespoon corn syrup to help ensure the syrup stays smooth.

Let the syrup cool to room temperature, then pour into a clean glass jar.

Additional Information

To make beverages, combine one part simple syrup with two parts cold water or sparkling beverage, and add fresh fruit juice to taste. Start with 1 cup fruit juice; you can always add more.

Storage

Store in the refrigerator.

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