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Homemade Simple Syrup

When you know how to make Homemade Simple Syrup, sweetening your favorite cold drinks and cocktails is quick and easy - no more waiting for the sugar to dissolve!
Cook Time3 mins
Total Time3 mins
Servings: 24 (1 tablespoon each - recipe makes about 1½ cups total)
Calories: 30kcal
Author: Michelle / Now Cook This!


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water


  • Combine the sugar and the water in a small saucepan.
  • Heat over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the sugar has completely dissolved and the mixture is clear.
  • Remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly. Pour into a mason jar or other air-tight container and cool completely.
  • Store your simple syrup in the refrigerator. It should last for up to one month.

Recipe Notes

  • The ratio for simple syrup is 1:1 (equal parts sugar and water), so you can make as little or as much as you want (larger batches may take a little more time). Use the same measuring cup for both the sugar and the water.  
  • In addition to sweetening drinks, you can use simple syrup to keep cakes moist. Brush or drizzle a little on each layer (not too much, though, as you don't want your cake to become soggy).
  • You can also infuse your simple syrup with flavors such as mint, vanilla, ginger, lemon, and more. Add these items as soon as you have removed the syrup from the heat. Allow to steep until it tastes the way you'd like. Remove the flavoring items and store in the fridge. Note: flavored simple syrup has a shorter shelf life of about 1 to 2 weeks. 
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