Just like its name suggests, the simple syrup is the simplest of ingredients in a cocktail recipe.
But, while it may be simple to make, the syrup can elevate a cocktail to its flavourful best. Whether you’re mixing up refreshing pitchers for summer, or fixing a batch of frozen cocktails for a weekend brunch, this sugar syrup can make them richer, and better!
It’s ready in minutes, can be stored for months, used in cooking and baking, and even dissolves instantaneously; let’s get to know more about this handy ingredient!
What Is Simple Syrup?
Simply put, the syrup is sugar and water boiled together. Mainly used as an alternative to granulated sugar, it works well with drinks as the sugar is already dissolved in it. The most common ratio for the recipe is 1 part water and 1 part sugar. Translucent and smooth, it can be used on its own or combined with any of your favourite ingredients. Simple, isn’t it?
The Easy Peasy Recipe
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1. Bring the water to boil in a saucepan.
2. Dissolve the sugar in the boiling water while stirring continuously until the sugar is dissolved, and the mixture is translucent.
3. Reduce the heat, cover the saucepan and allow the mixture to simmer for 10 to 15 minutes.
4. Take it off the heat, and cool completely until it thickens.
5. Bottle it up, chill, and use it for up to six months in all of your favourite recipes.
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The Effortless Variations
Depending upon the thickness or density of the sugar ratio, the syrup may have multiple uses.
The thin simple syrup has a ratio of 3 parts of water to 1 part sugar and is used to glaze cookies or cakes, while the medium variation has a ratio of 2 parts of water to 1 part of sugar. This recipe is used to sweeten beverages like coffee and iced tea. The rich simple syrup, or the basic one is the one that bartenders prefer using in their cocktail mixes
The Uncomplicated Infusions
As mentioned earlier, the syrup when combined with other flavourings, makes for an exciting ingredient. Use herbs, spices, or even fruits to create your own creative syrups. For starters, you can add citrus zest, whole cloves, star anise, cinnamon, mint leaves, and even fresh ginger once the water and sugar are done boiling and removed off the stove.
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As Simple As ABC!
Now that you know how to concoct your own simple syrup in a jiffy, here’s how to make good use of it this summer!
Smirnoff Pomegranate Fizz
30ml Smirnoff No 21 Vodka
30ml Pomegranate juice
½ a Lemon
15ml Sugar syrup
1. Add lemon and dash of sugar syrup
2. Add 30ml Smirnoff No 21 Vodka and 30ml pomegranate juice
3. Add pomegranate seeds and mix
4. Top it up with ice and soda
Keep it simple! And while you’re at it, don’t forget to drink responsibly!