I have a sweet tooth! Whether it’s desserts or cocktails, I like a hint of sugariness. So, when learning how to make cocktails, the first thing I looked up was how to sweeten them.
Unlike making tea or juices, where you just add a dollop of table sugar, cocktails require a sugary syrup to flavour them. Bartenders call this ‘simple syrup’, which I think is because it is just super simple to make!
Once I tell you how easy the recipe is, you’ll want to stock it up for the next time you want to whip up a batch of Mojitos, Daiquiris or Whisky Sours.
How to make simple syrup
Simple syrup is a mixture of equal parts (1:1) of sugar and water. This will add just a hint of sweetness to the drink.
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
Add both the ingredients in a pan.
Stir constantly and bring it to a boil.
Once the sugar is dissolved, reduce the heat, cover and allow it to simmer for 10-15 minutes.
Allow it to cool and then store in a bottle.
Use it whenever making a cocktail.
If you want it to be sweeter, you can increase the sugar to water ratio to 2:1 (2 cups sugar, 1 cup water) and make a rich and thicker syrup.
And, that’s the simple syrup simplified!
But that’s not all.
Flavour infused simple syrup
Bartenders these days are using various infusions to it to give it a flavoursome twist. From fruits to spices, there are a ton of ways to flavour simple syrup. Here are a few.
This is a simple syrup flavoured with a sour citrus fruit. To make it, all you have to do is add an equal part of lime or lemon juice to the original recipe. So, that makes it an equal ratio (1:1:1) of sugar, water and lemon juice. This one syrup brings both the sweet and sour elements to your drink.