An Easier Way to Make Simple Syrup

A quick and easy way to make Simple Syrup, also known as Sugar Syrup
Simple Syrup is an ingredient in many cocktails and cold drinks. If you put granulated or caster sugar into a cold drink, it can take ages to dissolve and sometimes you end up with a gritty texture. The beauty of simple syrup, also known as sugar syrup, is that it blends effortlessly into other liquids.

To be fair, simple syrup isn’t all that difficult to make the traditional way, but this involves a saucepan, the stove and quite a lot of stirring. This hack is even easier and takes much less time.

I found this great shortcut while going through my late Mom and Dad’s notes and recipes doing research for the cookbook I am writing. Dad had tucked a handwritten note with this recipe written on it in one of their recipe folders.

All you need is a kettle, 1 cup of water, a measuring jug, 1 cup of sugar, a whisk and a clean jar with a lid. You can watch me make Simple Syrup the easy way in the video below.

An Easy Hack for Making Simple Syrup

I use simple syrup in iced tea, old fashioned lemonade, and cocktails. I find about 3 tablespoons per litre of ice tea and about 4 to 5 tablespoons in a litre of old fashioned lemonade works well. (A litre is just over 4 cups.) Most cocktails only need a teaspoon or so. You can also use it in hot drinks like coffee or hot cocoa.

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An Easier Way to Make Simple Syrup
  • 1 cup (250 ml) boiling water
  • 1 cup (200 grams) granulated or caster sugar
  1. Bring the water to a boil and carefully pour it into a measuring jug.
  2. Add the sugar and whisk together.
  3. Continue whisking for 2 to 3 minutes or until the sugar is completely dissolved.
  4. Pour the simple syrup into a clean jar with a lid.
  5. Seal and allow to cool at room temperature.
  6. Store in the fridge for up to 7 days.

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  1. You made this easy to follow. This is a good ingredient to use for so many different recipes.

  2. Jagruti says:

    So easy to follow recipe..!

  3. Such a great recipe and so useful. I know this will come in handy for me 🙂

  4. Haha this is great! I cheat to make boiling water with my kettle all the time- mostly for pasta water (I did have a glass pitcher explode all over me while pouring boiling water into it- so I’d make sure you’re only pouring water into tempered glass ? It was kind of a nasty burn!!!)

    • Thank you, Sarah 🙂 Traditionally simple syrup is made by slowly warming the water and sugar together in a saucepan on the stove until the sugar dissolves so the water never boils. It is important to use tempered glass – the container you can see me using is a Pyrex measuring jug so it’s very safe for boiling liquids.

  5. There are so many different uses for this syrup. I love a simple recipe.

  6. Thank you for such a lovely share. Will try this out soon with my lemonades.

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