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Simple syrup recipe

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Simple syrup is our preferred way to sweeten cold drinks (iced tea, lemonaide, cocktails, etc). Sugar doesn't dissolve easily in cold water, but once it's dissolved it doesn't come out of solution. The trick is to dissolve sugar into hot water and then cool it down--that's all there is to it and is also why it's called simple syrup.

This isn't a standalone recipe (unless you're seriously addicted to sweets), so expect delicious drink recipes using simple syrup in short order.

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Simple syrup

You can play fast and loose with the sugar/water proportion, 1/1 will make a fairly thin syrup. If you want a sweeter mix, simply up the sugar to 2/1. Flavors can also be introduced (mint, berries, citrus zest, etc), but that's probably pushing it out of simple territory.



  • 1 part sugar
  • 1 part water


  1. Heat sugar and water in a sauce pan over medium-high heat until the sugar is completely dissolved. There is no need to stir.
  2. Cool, put into a resealable container and store in the fridge for up to a week.
Posted on March 23rd 2009