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Simple Syrup

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If you can boil water, you can make simple syrup. The staple cocktail sweetener more than earns its name, consisting, simply, of equal-parts granulated sugar and water. From there, the variations are endless. Like your sweetener sweeter? Up the ratio to two to one, sugar to water. Looking to add a little zip to your Paloma or oomph to your Old Fashioned? Steep a couple of jalapeño slices or cinnamon sticks.

The best part? Your homemade simple syrup, once sealed and refrigerated, can live a happy, productive life for up to a month. That’s 30 days shaking, stirring, blending and drinking your own homemade cocktails. Now doesn’t that sound sweet?

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Watch Now: How to Make Simple Syrup

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup water

Steps

  1. Add the sugar and water to a small saucepan over medium heat.

  2. Stir until sugar is dissolved.

  3. Let cool, then pour into a glass jar and seal tightly with a lid.

  4. Simple syrup will keep, refrigerated, for about one month.