Making Simple Syrup

This basic preparation is used for flavoring cold drinks, candying fruits, and moistening sponge cakes.

Simple Syrup

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This sugar-water solution is great for mixed drinks, sweetening iced teas and coffees, and for candying fruits. You can also make a thick simple syrup (2 parts sugar to 1 part water), also known as “sorbet syrup,” to use as a base for many flavors of sorbet. It can also used for making old-fashioned rock candy.

Here’s how to make a one-to-one simple syrup, with one cup of water and one cup of sugar.

1. Combine the water and sugar in a medium saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil and let the sugar dissolve. You don’t have to stir, but it will help the sugar dissolve faster.

2. Remove the syrup from the heat and cool slightly.

Depending upon what you’re using it for, you can flavor the syrup:

  • Stir in 1-2 teaspoons of vanilla extract for a basic vanilla syrup.
  • Infuse with herbs or spices, if desired; mint and lemon are great for iced tea.
  • Brandy and rum are often used for moistening cakes.

Transfer the cooled syrup to a lidded container or jar that can be stored in the refrigerator. Simple syrup can be stored for up to one month.

3. Use your simple syrup in these recipes:

Watermelon Sangria

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