Beverages often call for a simple syrup and you might wonder why you need it. It’s because sugar does not tend to dissolve well in cool beverages and the sugar crystals can settle to the bottom. Simple syrup is made by dissolving the sugar while maintaining it’s sweetness intensity so it won’t ruin your drink. Plus, it’s simple to make! You can keep some on hand for your iced coffee or iced tea as well! The ratio is always 1C sugar to 1C of water. You can use cane sugar, white sugar and honey. I would avoid coconut sugar though as it has a ‘toasty’ flavour that might not interfere with the other flavours in your recipe. You can also infuse this basic recipe with aromas such as lavender, basil, mint, etc. to flavour your beverages. I love a basil infused simple syrup would go great with lemonade. This is how I do mine:
Sugar: cane sugar, white sugar, honey
Infusions (if using) lavender, basil, mint, rosemary, coriander, chili, etc.
- Combine your sugar with an equal amount of water over low heat. Stir until dissolved. Turn off heat.
- Add in your infusions if using. Allow to steep for at least 30 mins.
- Store in a mason jar in the fridge for about a week.