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Simple Syrup

Simple Syrup – Homemade simple syrup is perfect to put into all sorts of cocktails and other drinks! Made with just 2 simple ingredients in just 7 minutes.

Simple Syrup

Simple Syrup

A few months back, I made homemade vanilla simple syrup for the first time and it blew my mind.  I had no idea how easy making simple syrups at home was and it has allowed me to make more and more creative drinks from the comfort of my home such as my lavender honey latte made with lavender simple syrup, my cinnamon dolce white hot chocolate made with cinnamon dolce simple syrup, or even my cotton candy frappuccino made with raspberry simple syrup.  I thought it was finally time to tackle the original simple syrup and it turned out perfect!

Now simple syrup is made with just two ingredients.  Yes, you heard that right.  Just two ingredients.  You basically bring water and sugar to a boil until the sugar dissolves and then you let it cool.  That’s it.

So the question you may have now is why make simple syrup instead of using granulated sugar and there’s an easy answer.  Simple syrup just mixes better into drinks so that you don’t end up with a bunch of granules of sugar at the bottom of you drink.  This simple syrup recipe is what you use when you want to add a bit of sweetness to a drink but you don’t want to add any additional flavors.

I personally like using a little bit of simple syrup in my morning coffee just to add a bit of sweetness but there are so many different options for uses in cocktails, coffee, desserts, etc.  Yes, you can use simple syrup in desserts to! Drizzling a bit on top of a cake helps moisten it or if it’s a flavored simple syrup, it can even give it a little extra flavor.

The only real variation between simple syrup recipes is the water to sugar ratio.  Personally, I use 1 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water because I like it thicker and more syrup-y but if you want it thinner, use 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water instead.

Common Questions About Making Simple Syrup

What is simple syrup?

Simple syrup is a homemade syrup made with sugar and water that is great to add to a variety of drinks.

What do you use simple syrup for?

There are so many things you can use simple syrup for including –

  • A sweetener in iced tea or lemonade
  • On a cake for extra flavor and moisture
  • In cocktails like a mojito
  • Or in mocktails like a non-alcoholic mojito
  • As a way to add some sweetness to a cup of coffee or cold brew

Should you refrigerate syrup?

Yes! Please keep refrigerated between uses.

Simple Syrup Recipe

How long does simple syrup last?

Simple syrup will last about 6 months in the refrigerator.

What other types of simple syrups can I make?

Some of my other favorite simple syrups include –

Homemade Simple Syrup

Yield: 8 Servings

Simple Syrup

Simple Syrup

Simple Syrup – Homemade simple syrup is perfect to put into all sorts of cocktails and other drinks! Made with just 2 simple ingredients in just 7 minutes.

Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 7 minutes


  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup water


  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine all ingredients. Bring to a soft boil and cook until the sugar has dissolved, stirring the entire time.
  2. Transfer to a heat-proof container to cool to room temperature. Store in refrigerator until ready to use.

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