What is simple syrup? If that’s a question on your mind, we have the guide to help you get to being a sovereign of simple syrup by the time you’re done reading.
Simple syrup is, well, simple to make. It’s traditionally made from one part water to one part sugar (1:1). Typically, white granulated sugar is the standard sweetener. However, you can try so many delicious variations, including Demerara simple syrup, rose syrup, tea syrup, and more. All you have to do is keep the ratio the same. The only common simple syrup that doesn’t follow the 1:1 recipe is rich simple syrup.
How to Make 1:1 Simple Syrup
- Boil water first. Doing so will prevent the sugar from burning.
- Take the water off the heat.
- Add equal parts white sugar.
- Stir until dissolved.
Pro Tip: Use 2 parts Demerara, brown, or Turbinado sugar with 1 part water instead of 1:1 white sugar and water.
Some of Our Favorite Tequila Simple Syrup Variations
Herb or Spiced Simple Syrup
An herbaceous flavor adds a level of taste to cocktails that you just can’t beat. It’s sophisticated, earthy, and memorable. Add herbs or spices (vanilla bean, rosemary, clove) in the initial water boil explained above and allow herbs to steep for 10 minutes.
A few exceptions to the rules:
- Cilantro and basil become bitter over high heat.
- To make ginger syrup, you’ll need a juice extractor. Then add equal parts sugar (no heat).
Fruits or Veggie-infused Simple Syrup
Imagine a cocktail made with the essence of blueberries or the fresh tartness of raspberries or savory celery, adding a whole other level of flavor, fruits and veggies are endless in their abundance of new taste characteristics.
Fruity simple syrups are not heated. Just juice your fruit or vegetable, such as strawberry, pineapple or celery, and add equal parts sugar.
Tea Simple Syrup
Your morning cup can add so much depth to your cocktail!
We love green tea, but just about any tea works. Teas add an earthy, even herbaceous flavor not to be missed. Just add tea to equal parts sugar and water, over low heat.
Chamomile tea, as used in the Chamomila Cocktail above, makes a fantastic cocktail.
Looking for more recipes to use your simple syrup? Consider these simply delicious recipes.
Strawberry Fields Forever combines strawberry-infused Azuñia Reposado organic tequila, Cocchi Barolo Chinato, Amaro Montenegro, and rhubarb bitters for a bright, seasonal cocktail.
This herbaceous tequila fernet cocktail features Azuñia Reposado organic tequila, Fernet, and the sweet-tart profile of muddled raspberries, and finishes with a mist of smoky mezcal.
Azuñia Blanco organic tequila, Salers Gentiane, simple syrup, fresh muddled cucumber, orange bitters, and a hint of mint combine for a drink to quench your thirst on the hottest of summer days.
A festive springtime cocktail with Azuñia Blanco organic tequila, Cointreau, muddles blueberries, safe, and a splash of soda water.
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