Syrup is used extensively in American cuisine and in making drinks and beverages in Asia because of its convenience. "Bar Syrup" is a global ingredient used in making many cocktails.

What is Simple Syrup? It is just sugar and water boiled together. It is the secret ingredient to the best cold homemade beverages, cocktails, and other drink recipes. It is easier to swirl in a prepared liquid than it is to add sugar directly, because the solid crystals don't need to dissolve. It is a stable liquid and has little potential for contamination. Most sugar solutions greater than 20% weight for volume have this stability property.




Options:
  • Medium simple syrup - A ratio of 2 parts water to 1 part sugar - used to make sweetened beverages and iced tea.
  • Thick simple syrup (basic simple syrup) - A ratio of 1 part water to 1 part sugar - This is used as the basis for cold fruit drinks and cocktails. Also used to make candied fruits.
Method:
  1. Determine which type of Simple Syrup you want to make. See Types of Simple Syrup above.
  2. In a high-sided saucepan over medium-high heat, bring cold water  to a boil and then add the sugar.
  3. Turn the heat to low and stir constantly until the sugar dissolves completely and the mixture is clear, approximately 3 minutes. Fact - the longer you boil it, the thicker the syrup will be when cooled.
  4. Optional:  At this point you can add flavorings (you can steep almost anything into your simple syrup such as extracts, fruit juices, herbs, spices, and liqueurs). Just put them in once the water boils right before adding the sugar, and strain them out before bottling.
  5. After boiling, let the syrup cool to room temperature, then pour into a tightly sealed, clean glass jar and store in the refrigerator (Any clean and sealable container can be used). The syrup can be refrigerated for up to 1 month.
  6. You can also stir in 1 tablespoon corn syrup to help ensure the syrup stays smooth.
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