How to Make 1:1 Simple Syrup
- Boil water first. Doing so will prevent the sugar from burning.
- Take water off 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 Simple Syrup Variations
- 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 veggies
- 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 flavors.
- Fruit syrups are not heated. Just juice your fruit or vegetable, such as strawberry, pineapple or celery, and add equal parts sugar.
- Your morning cup can add so much depth to your cocktail!
- We LOVE a good 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 in? Consider these!
Strawberry Fields Forever
Fernet Me Not
The Secret Garden