Your Kitchen’s Secret Weapon: 10 Versatile Simple Syrup Recipes

To craft a better cocktail, bake a tantalizing treat, or have the most flavorful frosting, you’ll want to know how to create a killer simple syrup. Once you’ve mastered a few basics and have various recipes to test out, virtually everything becomes fair game for a dash of syrup. Coffees will become sweeter, cakes will be kept moist, and everyone will wonder how you gave your recipes so much concentrated flavor when you use one of these 10 simple syrup recipes.



1. Simple Syrup

Starting with the basics, What’s Cooking America explains that the sugar to water ratio for your simple syrup will depend on how thick you want the syrup to be. For thin syrups, take 3 parts water per 1 part of sugar. This yields a syrup most like a glaze. To get a thick simple syrup, you want a one-to-one ratio, and this is likely to be your go-to for cocktails, coffees, and drinks. In the middle of these extremes are simple syrups made from a 2 part water, 1 part sugar ratio, which can also be used for drinks.


  • Water
  • Sugar

Directions: In a high-sided saucepan over medium-high heat, bring cold water and sugar to a boil. Turn the heat to low and stir constantly until the sugar dissolves completely and the mixture is clear, approximately 3 to 5 minutes. The longer you boil it, the thicker the syrup will be when cooled.

To test if the sugar is completely dissolved: Using spoon, scoop up a small amount of the syrup. You shouldn’t be able to see any sugars crystals in the liquid. If you do, boil a little longer. After boiling, let the syrup cool to room temperature, then pour into a tightly sealed, clean glass jar and store in the refrigerator for up to six months.