How to Make Simple Syrup

A dash of simple syrup livens up just about anything, from coffee to cocktails to desserts. But have you ever stopped to wonder how it's made?

It's an alarmingly simple process, actually, as learning how to make simple syrup requires little more than a few basic kitchen tools and a minimum of two ingredients, one of which is just water. There's no catch, either; it really is just that simple.

If you'd like to learn how to make this simple flavored syrup for cakes, cocktails or coffee, etc. then read on.

A glass bottle of simple syrup, a small measuring glass on the side.

Prep Time: 10 mins.

Yield: 3/4 cup syrup

Step #1. Prepare Ingredients

Simple syrup ingredients prepped on the counter, chocolate cakes on a cooling rack.
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup water

Optional to infuse the syrup:

  • Cinnamon stick and orange peel
  • 2 tbsp. rum
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

Note: For a thicker simple syrup, you can use a 2:1 ratio of sugar to water. For this recipe: 1 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water.

Step #2. Add Water to Saucepan

Water pouring into a pot on the counter.

Pour water into a pot.

Step #3. Add Sugar

Woman's hand pouring sugar into a pot and mixing with water.

Add the sugar to the pot.

Step #4. Heat the Mixture

Woman's hand mixing a sugar and water mixture in a pot.

Heat over medium high heat, just until all of the sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat.

Step #5. Cool & Add Flavoring to Syrup

A glass bottle of simple syrup, vanilla beans on the side.

Variation 1: Let the syrup cool and add the vanilla extract.

A glass bottle of simple syrup, a small measuring glass on the side.

Variation 2: Let the simple syrup cool and add the rum.

A glass bottle of simple syrup, cinnamon and orange on the side.

Variation 3: Add the orange peel and cinnamon. Let the syrup sit for 3 hours and then remove the peel and cinnamon stick.

And with that, you have yourself a bottle of the finest simple syrup you could ever get your hands on. With just how easy that was to do, you'll be wondering why you never tried making it yourself before for some time to come.

While the obvious applications are certainly great, there are a ton of creative ways you can use simple syrup, infused or plain, that you might not have even considered. Pastries can really benefit from a coating of it, like when you use simple syrup to moisten cake post-baking. You might even try to mix things up and make it with brown sugar for a more molasses-like flavor.

What's your favorite way to use simple syrup? Even if you didn't have one before, you sure will now that you can make it on demand. Easy to make and easy to store, you'll never have to worry about a bitter drink or dry pastry again.

We have some great ways for you to use your freshly made simple syrup! Check them out:

Simple Syrup

A dash of simple syrup livens up just about anything, from coffee to cocktails to desserts. But have you ever stopped to wonder how it's made? It's an alarmingly simple process, actually, as learning how to make simple syrup requires little more than a few basic kitchen tools and a minimum of two ingredients, one of which is just water. There's no catch, either; it really is just that simple.
Course Condiment
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 12 tablespoons
Calories 32kcal
Author Joss D

Ingredients

  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup water

Optional to Infuse the Syrup:

  • Cinnamon stick and orange peel, or
  • 2 tbsp. rum, or
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

Tools

  • Pot
  • Jar or squeeze bottle

Instructions

  • Pour water into a pot.
    Water pouring into a pot on the counter.
  • Add the sugar to the pot.
    Woman's hand pouring sugar into a pot and mixing with water.
  • Heat over medium high heat, just until all of the sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat.
    Woman's hand mixing a sugar and water mixture in a pot.
  • Cool & add the flavoring to the syrup if desired:
  • Variation 1: Let the syrup cool and add the vanilla extract.
    A glass bottle of simple syrup, vanilla beans on the side.
  • Variation 2: Let the simple syrup cool and add the rum.
    A glass bottle of simple syrup, a small measuring glass on the side.
  • Variation 3: Add the orange peel and cinnamon. Let the syrup sit for 3 hours and then remove the peel and cinnamon stick.
    A glass bottle of simple syrup, cinnamon and orange on the side.
Nutrition Facts
Simple Syrup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 32
% Daily Value*
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Sugar 8g9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutrition information on In the Kitch is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. It may not include toppings and/or dipping sauce.

Notes

This recipe makes 3/4 cup of simple syrup.
For a thicker syrup, you can use a ratio of 2 parts sugar to 1 part water.
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