How to Make Simple Syrup

sugarSimple syrup is a vital part of many cocktail recipes — mojitos, mint juleps and more. It’s the easiest, most reliable way to add a little sweetness to balance your drink.

It’s just sugar and water. (Truly simple, no?) Many recipes that call for muddling sugar or adding a sugar cube can just as easily be made with simple syrup.
Here’s what you do:

  1. Pour equal parts sugar and water into a container with a reliable lid. Superfine sugar works best.
  2. Shake the mixture vigorously for 30 seconds.
  3. Add a little vodka to the mixture so that it will last longer in the fridge (about a tablespoon per cup).

That’s it! No need to boil water or heat it up. Keep it refrigerated and it can last for about two months. Adding an ounce of vodka will preserve it for about 3-4 months . You’ll know it’s starting to head south toward molding if you see a lot of cloudiness.

Photo by Uwe Hermann.

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