- Heat the water in a small saucepan over medium-low heat until hot, but do not bring to a boil.
- Add the sugar and stir until fully dissolved. The water will first turn translucent and then clear up considerably
- Let the syrup cool to room temperature before using or storing.
- Using a funnel if needed, transfer the simple syrup into a glass jar
- Store in the refrigerator for future use
Types of Simple Syrups
There are several thicknesses or densities of simple syrup and they have different uses. The thickness depends on the ratio of water to sugar used.
Thin Simple Syrup
– A ratio of 3 parts water to 1 part sugar – used to glaze cakes and cookies.
Medium Simple Syrup
– A ratio of 2 parts water to 1 part sugar – used to make sweeten beverages and iced tea.
Thick or Rich Simple Syrup
– A ratio of 1 part water to 1 part sugar – This is used as the basis for cold fruit drinks and cocktails.