Simple syrup -- also known as sugar syrup -- is an ingredient in numerous cocktail recipes. It can also replace the granulated sugar called for in some cocktail recipes for a smoother drink. Instead of buying simple syrup, try making it at home with these easy steps.
Add one part water and two parts sugar to a small saucepan and heat to boiling point, stirring constantly.
When the mixture reaches a boil, reduce the heat and continue stirring until the sugar dissolves. Boil longer for a thicker syrup.
Allow the syrup to cool to room temperature.
Pour the liquid through a funnel into a clean container and seal.
Store the sugar syrup in the fridge.
Add flavour to your syrup by adding a vanilla bean, mint leaves or a knob of ginger to the mixture as it heats. Discard before storing.