How to Make Simple Syrup (Hint: It’s Simple!)

Simple syrup is the simple solution to sweetening your margarita without adding any other weird flavors that could just muck it up.

How to Make Simple Syrup (Hint: It's Simple!)

I know that a really cool, sophisticated person makes margaritas without any sugar or sweetness. But I’m confidant enough to admit that I like a drizzle of simple syrup in mine.

The question is, why simple syrup and not sugar? Well, straight up sugar doesn’t always fully dissolve. I may be uncool enough to allow sweet in my drink, but not uncool enough to allow grains. No way, no how. What you want is something that is already liquid so that graininess is never an issue.

The options are honey, agave nectar or simple syrup. I find that honey and agave nectar add extra flavors to my margarita. I want to really taste the tequila, lime and orange and I don’t want anything to muck that up. Simple syrup is the way to go.

It’s the perfect neutral-flavored sweetener for margaritas and other cocktails. Also fabulous in iced tea and lemonade. The only ingredients are sugar and water, which is why it doesn’t taste like much. You heat together equal parts of the two (say, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water) and then simmer until the sugar dissolves completely. It will stay dissolved even after you cool the syrup down. Store it in a sealed container in your fridge for up to a month. Every Monday of that month, pull it out for you know what. (Hint! Hint!)

Here’s how to make simple syrup:

Step#1

Measure 1 cup of sugar into a small saucepan.

Measure 1 cup of sugar into a small saucepan.

Step#2

Add 1 cup of water.

 

Add 1 cup of water.

Step#3

Heat over medium, stirring occasionally.

Heat over medium, stirring occasionally.

It’ll look cloudy like this for awhile:

It'll look cloudy like this for awhile:

Step#4

Then, when all the sugar has dissolved, it will suddenly be clear. Remove from heat at that point.

Let it cool and then pour it into a jar or other sealable container. Seal and store in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.

Step#5

Let it cool and then pour it into a jar or other sealable container. Seal and store in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.

Let it cool and then pour it into a jar or other sealable container. Seal and store in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.

Simple Syrup

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water

Directions:

  1. Measure sugar and water into a small saucepan. Heat over medium, stirring occasionally. It'll look cloudy for awhile. Then, when all the sugar has dissolved, it will suddenly be clear. Remove from heat.
  2. Let it cool and then pour it into a jar or other sealable container. Seal and store in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.
   

Christine Pittman

Christine is the Founder and Senior Editor of The Cookful. She also blogs at COOKtheSTORY where she specializes in easy healthy homemade recipes. Healthiness aside, she has been known to shred cheese onto a dinner plate, microwave it for 30 seconds, and then eat the messy goop with a spoon.