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 it involves a saucepan, the stove and quite a lot of stirring. It’s not something you rally want to be doing in the hot weather. This hack makes simple syrup easy 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.
I made the video a couple of years ago and quite a lot has changed since then – including the fact that I use a lot less sugar! However I still use simple syrup regularly, I just use a bit less.
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.
Simple Syrup Printable Recipe
- 1 cup (250 ml) boiling water
- 1 cup (200 grams) granulated or caster sugar
- Bring the water to a boil and carefully pour it into a measuring jug.
- Add the sugar and whisk together.
- Continue whisking for 2 to 3 minutes or until the sugar is completely dissolved.
- Pour the simple syrup into a clean jar with a lid.
- Seal and allow to cool at room temperature.
- Store in the fridge for up to 7 days.