How to make sugar syrup for cocktails

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How to make sugar syrup for cocktails
Simple syrup is used to sweeten many cocktails. (SerrNovik/iStock/Getty Images)

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.

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Things you need

  • 250 ml (1 cup) water
  • 500 ml (2 cups) sugar
  • Small saucepan
  • Funnel
  • Clean container that holds 375 ml (1 1/2 cups) of liquid

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  1. 1

    Add one part water and two parts sugar to a small saucepan and heat to boiling point, stirring constantly.

  2. 2

    When the mixture reaches a boil, reduce the heat and continue stirring until the sugar dissolves. Boil longer for a thicker syrup.

  3. 3

    Allow the syrup to cool to room temperature.

  4. 4

    Pour the liquid through a funnel into a clean container and seal.

  5. 5

    Store the sugar syrup in the fridge.

Tips and warnings

  • 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.

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