Simple Simple Syrup

A spoonful of sugar helps the cocktail go down...

A spoonful of sugar helps the cocktail go down...


Buying simply syrup in a store is like playing the lottery. It seems like a good idea at the time, and sometimes you can win 250 million dollars.

Make your own and feel like you accomplished something today!

I use this in LOTS of cocktails. Yeah, I know sugar is the devil but adding 1/2oz to a cocktail isn't going to kill you.

Unless you have 30 of those cocktails in one night.

But even then it's not really the sugar's fault, is it? Also, why are you drinking 30 of the same cocktail? Branch out!


  • 250g sugar

  • 250g water 

If you're going to use volume instead of weight to measure this [like I know you will, cheater], add bit more sugar than water.

1 cup of water is roughly 240g.
1 cup of sugar is about 200g.
200g ≠ 240g.

Ergo, add a little more sugar OR use a scant cup of water. OR you could just not care. 


  1. Put sugar and water into a heatproof glass container. That Pyrex® measuring cup collecting dust in your cabinet would be perfect here.

  2. Microwave on high until it starts to boil. Usually about 5 minutes in my microwave. 

  3. Stir to dissolve all the sugar.

  4. Transfer to a container with a lid (I use these squeeze bottles), cool to room temperature, and refrigerate.

See How To Make It!

Cocktails, RecipesAnthony LeDonne