Simple Syrup: Cooking 101

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Simple Syrup: Cooking 101– Learn How to Make Simple Syrup for cocktail recipes, coffee drinks, lemonade, and even homemade sodas! It is super easy to make with two basic ingredients and much cheaper than the store-bought version! This recipe is so easy, that I am almost embarrassed to include it here…..almost! I mean come on, simple is in the name!

Clear simple syrup in a glass bottle with a blue sponged background.

Simple Syrup is the perfect sweetener to add to cocktails and cold drinks, including my all-time favorite Passion Tea Lemonade. Because the sugar is already dissolved your drink are not gritty.

Ingredients needed to make simple syrup:

  • granulated sugar
  • water

How to make Simple Syrup:

Start by placing granulated sugar in a saucepan.

granulated sugar in a saucepan.

Add the water, and stir to combine {I use a whisk}.

granulated sugar and water in a saucepan

Heat over medium-high heat until completely dissolved, about 3 to 5 minutes.

sugar dissolved in water simmering in a saucepan.

Make sure ALL of the sugar crystals have completely dissolved. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Pour syrup into a glass container or jar with a tight sealing lid, and place in the refrigerator until ready to use.

Simple Syrup in a jar with a white plastic funnel.

How long does simple syrup last?

It can remain in the refrigerator for up to 6 months, assuming it lasts that long.

Tools used to create this recipe:

Delicious flavored simple syrup recipes

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Simple Syrup in a clear glass bottle.

Simple Syrup

Simple Syrup is the secret ingredient in most popular drinks and cocktails. It is easy to make and cheaper than the store-bought version!
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: liquid sweetener, liquid sugar
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 7 minutes
Servings: 8 Servings
Calories: 97kcal
Author: Lisa Johnson


  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water


  • Place sugar and water in a saucepan over medium-high heat.
  • Heat until sugar is completely dissolved, about 3 to 5 minutes.


  • The ratio of 1 to 1 makes this recipe really easy to increase based on your needs.
  • This recipe makes 1 cup of syrup. 


Calories: 97kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Sodium: 2mg | Sugar: 25g

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  1. This is a great recipe to include in your collection! I seriously can’t believe that people buy simple syrup in the stores, and not even in as cute as a container as yours!!

  2. I always try to have a batch of simple syrup hanging around, and it is really awesome flavored, too! It’s so great for smoothies, sauces, dressings, etc. It really is worthy of it’s own post! 🙂

  3. Have you ever seen how much simple syrup costs to buy at a store?? It is soooo ridiculously over priced! I would have never thought to buy it, but I saw it one time and was absolutely blown away. I always have some made up and on hand!

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

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