How to make sugar syrup for cocktails

Updated July 19, 2017

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.

Things You'll 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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Sara Klein writes and edits from her home in the Pacific Northwest. She also teaches psychology, focusing on the intersection between climate change and human behavior. Klein holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in humanities and social sciences and a Master of Science in psychology.