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Simple Syrup For Cocktails

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Simple syrup is a staple ingredient for bartenders. It is a liquid sweetener made with equal parts sugar and water. The advantages to using it are that you never have to worry about sugar dissolving in a drink, since it is already a liquid, and that it is very easy to add as much or as little as you need. You can buy simple syrup, but it is very inexpensive and easy to make.

_DSC7333Yield: 1 1/2 Cups

Ingredients
1 Cup Sugar
1 Cup Water

Combine the water and sugar in a small sauce pan over medium heat. Stir occasionally until the sugar is completely dissolved. Do not bring it to a boil. When the sugar is totally dissolved, remove from heat and cool to room temperature. Simple syrup will last about a month tightly sealed in the fridge.

 

For a syrup that is thicker and richer than the standard syrup make a double or rich simple syrup. This simple syrup contains less water so you’re not adding any additional liquid to your drink. Because a double simple syrup is thicker it will also add some texture to your cocktails. For a double simple syrup use 2 parts sugar to one part water.

Ingredients

2 cups Sugar
1 cup Water

Combine the water and sugar in a small sauce pan over medium heat. Stir occasionally until the sugar is completely dissolved. Do not bring it to a boil. When the sugar is totally dissolved, remove from heat and cool to room temperature. Put it in an air-tight bottle and throw it into the fridge.




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