DrinkLab Basics: Simple Syrup

DrinkLab Basics: Simple Syrup

Simple syrup (sometimes referred to as sugar syrup) is a staple in any bar. It’s easy to make (although you can buy it) and is a great way to cut down or sweeten a drink that has too much bite for you.

You can make this and keep it in a bottle in the refrigerator for months.


  • 2 parts sugar
  • 1 part water


  1. Bring the water to a boil.
  2. Dissolve the sugar into the boiling water, stirring constantly.
  3. Once the sugar is dissolved completely, remove the pan from the heat. (Note: Do not allow the syrup to boil for too long or the syrup will be too thick.)
  4. Allow to cool completely and thicken, then bottle.

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