Make this easy simple syrup recipe to sweeten your favorite cocktails! Enjoy it plain, or add herbs, lavender, ginger, and more to infuse it with flavor.
If you like to make cocktails at home, knowing how to make simple syrup is essential. By definition, simple syrup is a mixture of equal parts sugar and water. It allows you to sweeten cold drinks consistently – unlike granulated sugar on its own, it won’t settle into a gritty mound at the bottom of your glass. And good news! As the name suggests, this simple syrup recipe is, well, simple. It only requires two ingredients, and it comes together in 5 minutes flat. Stored in an airtight container or glass jar in the fridge, it will keep for up to 2 weeks.
Simple Syrup Recipe Variations
Basic simple syrup is really versatile, and you can use it in almost any drink. Keep it on hand to add to classic margaritas, palomas, iced tea, iced coffee, and more! You can also use ingredients like herbs and spices to add flavor to simple syrup. Here are a few of my favorite additions:
- A handful of fresh mint or basil – See my mint julep or pomegranate spritzer recipe!
- Jalapeño slices – Use it to spice up a jalapeño margarita!
- Fresh lavender flowers – Try this variation in my lavender French 75!
- 2-4 bags of your favorite herbal tea – See an example in my Apple Zinger Tea Tail recipe!
- A few sprigs of lemon thyme
- Thinly sliced fresh ginger
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- A sprig of rosemary
- Strips of lemon or orange peel
To make a flavored simple syrup, add the sugar and water to a saucepan over medium heat, and cook, stirring, until the sugar is completely dissolved. Add your desired seasonings to the syrup, remove from the heat, and let it steep for 15 minutes. Then, strain it, discard any add-ins, and chill the syrup until you’re ready to use it.
Let me know what variations you try!
Find the complete recipe with measurements below.
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup basil or mint, optional
- Combine the water and sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat and simmer, stirring, until the sugar dissolves.
- If desired, add herbs, to infuse, turn the heat off and let steep for 15 minutes. Strain and chill.
- The simple syrup can be made in advance and stored in the fridge.