Simple Syrup

1 cup sugar
1 cup water

In a saucepan, bring water and sugar to a boil. Reduce heat and whisk until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture thickens. Cool completely. Pour into a clean jar and cap tightly. Refrigerate and use as needed.

or try this variation
flavored simple syrup:
to the boiling water add citrus peel and zest (orange, tangerine, lime, lemon and blood orange are especially good) or 1 inch piece ginger cut into matchsticks or a cinnamon stick or any whole spices. Prepare as usual but strain out any solids before use.

My thoughts:
Simple syrup is good to have on hand. I like to use in drinks, it dissolves well so you aren’t left with sugar at the bottom of your glass. Excellent for use in homemade lemonade.


  1. I wanted to make mint juleps last year for the Kentucky Derby. They were awful, but my leftover minted simple syrup was perfect to add to unsweetened iced tea.

  2. Simple syrup is the house-choice to put the “sweet” in sweet tea 🙂

  3. Thank you for this EASY recipe for simple syrup. I’ve avoided making it for years. And I was also making Mint Juleps not too long ago.
    Would also be quite handy for Mardis Gras.

  4. I found your blog when I searched for “coconut simple syrup”. My son and I recently bought a coconut and I threw out the “milk” from inside it because it didn’t taste terrific. As I see the title of your blog, I’m curious as to what you think of making a simple syrup with only coconut water.

  5. Madcookie, I bet you could try to make simple syrup with it, but if it already tastes less than terrific, I wouldn’t bother. Boiling it will only reduce it and concentrate the flavor.