The Mixology Talk Podcast, Episode Eighteen

Simple Syrup really is very simple!  Today we’re talking about how to make it, what to do with it and my secret trick to keeping it forever!

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In today’s Episode…

We’re talking about the “simplest” cocktail ingredient – simple syrup! If you’re interested, check out this “Ultimate Guide to Simple Syrup” we created a few years after this episode for a lot more information.

What is Simple Syrup?

Simple Syrup is a very basic cocktail sweetener made with white sugar that adds no flavor to a cocktail – just sweetness. So it’s a great tool for balancing out acid without changing the flavor profile of a drink!

To Make or To Buy?

We don’t recommend you buy simple syrup, it is expensive! You can find it from most syrup manufacturers, bar suppliers and fancy food stores, but for consumers it can cost $5-7 for a 12 oz container.  Skip the store and make it at home, it’s really very simple!

Keeping it SIMPLE:

Basically, Simple syrup is made by dissolving equal parts sugar in water. (For example 1 cup of sugar in 1 cup of water.)

Warning: You might be tempted to put 1 cup of sugar in a 2 cup measuring cup and then to fill the whole thing with water to the 2 cup mark. Don’t do it! Since some of the water will displace the sugar, you’ll actually put too much water in the mix.


Simple Syrup Variant Proportions
Light Simple Syrup 2 Parts Water to 1 Part Sugar
“Normal” Simple Syrup 1 Part Water to 1 Part Sugar
Rich Simple Syrup 1 Part Water to 2 Parts Sugar

Flavored Simple Syrup:

Simple Syrup can also be a great way to add flavor to a cocktail, by infusing flavors into it.

Infuse flavors into your simply syrup by simply adding some fruits, spices or herbs to the syrup in a saucepan, heat until it almost boils, and then turn off the heat and let it infuse.  Taste periodically and fine-strain when the flavor reaches a level that you like. Voila!

Infusing Simple Syrup (instead of vodka) is a great option as well because your material cost is so low – if it goes horribly wrong, you haven’t lost a bottle of Vodka in the process!

Stuff we Mentioned:

As we mentioned, we have a couple of videos which talk about simple syrup too – you can find all of them in this guide to simple syrup here.

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