Simple Syrup

June 23rd, 2010 by Erin Gennow
Sugar in Pot

Sugar in Pot

Simple syrup is just sugar dissolved in water.  I’ve seen it sold pre-made in grocery stores.  It’s so simple and quick to make, so don’t waste your money on the pre-made bottles.  Plus it will keep for about a month in the refrigerator.  Use it to sweeten any cold drink, such as ice tea, iced coffee, iced mochas and lattes, and mixed drinks.

Cook Time: 5-8 minutes

Serves: Makes 1 Cup

Ingredients

½ cup sugar

1 cup water

Equipment

Pot, Lidded Glass Jar

Procedure

Put the ½ cup sugar into a small saucepan.  Pour 1 cup of water into the saucepan.

Over medium heat slowly melt the sugar into the water, stirring constantly.

After about five minutes the sugar should be dissolved.  Take the saucepan off the heat and let the sugar syrup cool.

Pour the simple syrup into a glass jar and screw on the lid.  Store it in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.

Tip:

You can also flavor your simple syrup.

Add an extract off the heat after the sugar has dissolved.

Infuse the syrup with fresh herbs or spices while the sugar is dissolving.  Let them steep for about 5 minutes off the heat, and then strain the syrup through cheesecloth or fine mesh sieve to remove the herbs or spices.

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