How to Make Simple Syrup

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All this drink making, tasting, sampling, and curating and I can still say - I am definitely not a Master Mixologist. Bartending professionally is not in my near future, I still have so much to learn, but I'm having a great time with the research & development!

Thankfully there are a ton of seasoned and talented mixologists out there that are willing to share their recipes and tips! I'm always on the lookout for the tips and tricks that are going to make the learning curve a little smaller for all of us.

Here's one of my favorite tips: Simple Syrup

Before I started this non-alcoholic drink adventure I had never made simple syrup - it sounded fancy and kind of intimidating for someone like me. Someone that doesn't really love being in the kitchen if cooking is involved. Why wouldn't you just buy it? They sell all kinds of flavored ones at the grocery store.

I'll tell you why.


Extra capitals and exclamation points in case you thought I was kidding. ;)

Friend, just follow these simple instructions:

Use equal parts water and sugar - a reasonable size batch would be 1 cup of each

Put ingredients into a pot on the stove. Bring to a low boil while stirring. This should only take a few minutes. Remove from heat. The sugar should be dissolved.

You're done.

Store in sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 3 months. I use a mason jar.


(Also, isn't this hummingbird food?)

Now, if you want to get really fancy, add herbs, fruits, vegetables, or spices for flavor. Just drop them into the pot once you remove from the heat and let them steep for 30 minutes or so. 

The Pioneer Woman has some tasty suggestions for flavors you might consider adding. The variety of flavors are only limited by your imagination.


Why use simple syrup in your drinks you ask?

Simple syrup is ideal for cocktails and mocktails because the sugar is already dissolved in the water so you don't have to worry about it settling to the bottom of your glass. Like when I would have sun tea at my Grandma's house every summer and we would literally eat the sugar on the bottom of the glass with a spoon. You too? 

You don't need much for your drinks, just a tablespoon or two. Here are some other things you can do with your syrup:

  • Drizzle over fruit, desserts, or baked goods.
  • Salad dressing
  • In your coffee!
  • Flavor your whipped cream
  • Sweeten yogurt
  • Drizzle over pancakes

Here's a few more suggestions for what flavors pair well together and how to get creative with your fancy syrup!

Simple syrup has gone into most drinks here at Marnie Rae, here's a few to check out to get you started:

Spicy Grapefruit Margarita - Jalepeno Simple Syrup

Basil Cucumber Cooler - Basil Simple Syrup

Celery Salty Dog - Celery Simple Syrup

The Pear Tree - Plain Simple Syrup

The Mimic Mule - Plain Simple Syrup

Have fun getting creative with your flavors! I promise it will take you no time at all and you'll feel kind of fancy and gourmet when you're done.

Tag me on Instagram @marnieraec if you make your own syrup! I'd love to see what you came up with!