This homemade simple syrup recipe will make your summer extra sweet!

Ever tried to add sugar to a cold drink? That’s a one-way ticket to gritty city. Granulated sugar dissolves easily enough in a steaming cup of tea or coffee, but in cold liquid, not so much. So how does one satisfy a sweet tooth in the dog days of summer, when all the best refreshments come chilled? The answer is simple. Simple syrup, that is!

Simple syrup is nothing more than liquefied sugar. It can be used to sweeten cocktails, iced tea, iced coffee, fruit punch, lemonade, and more. Not only does it blend into cold drinks like a breeze, but it’s extremely easy to make and customize with your favorite flavors. From fruits and berries to herbs and spices, you can infuse your simple syrup with anything you like just by adding bonus ingredients while the mixture is hot and straining them out when it’s cool.

So, what are we waiting for? Whip up a batch of simple syrup and keep it on hand for whenever you need to sweeten up a summer drink. Simple syrup will keep in the fridge for up to six months, so you and your sweet tooth can always be prepared.

Super Simple Syrup Recipe

What you need:

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup water

How to make it:

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine sugar and water.
  2. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring constantly, until the sugar has dissolved.
  3. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
  4. Pour into a jar or small pitcher and keep in the refrigerator.

See? That’s so simple we’re almost embarrassed to call it a recipe. In fact, let’s take it up a notch with a few delightful spins on simple syrup.

Honey Simple Syrup

Cutting out refined sugars? No problemo. Replace the sugar with an equal amount of honey and proceed as usual.

A Less Sweet Simple Syrup

Reduce the sugar to ½ cup for a less potent batch of simple syrup.

Lemon Basil Simple Syrup

Bring a batch of simple syrup to boil, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Remove it from heat, and immediately add your desired amount of lemon juice and fresh basil leaves. Let the mixture cool, then strain out the basil leaves and any lemon seeds or pulp that may have gotten into the syrup. Pour it into a container and keep it in the refrigerator. (Combine this with some Homemade Cucumber Vodka and you’re on your way to a killer cocktail!)

Fruit & Berry Simple Syrup

Bring a batch of simple syrup to boil, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat, and immediately add one cup of your favorite fruit or berry blend. Let the mixture cool and then strain out the berries. Pour into a container and keep it in the refrigerator.

The sky’s the limit with simple syrup. Check out this list of simple syrup infusions for even more ideas.

Now that you know how easy it is to make simple syrup, you’ll have no trouble satisfying your sweet tooth as you sip those summer drinks. Speaking of which, have you tried out our favorite summer cocktails? Whip up a batch of Cucumber Infused Vodka or try these Unique Margarita Recipes!



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