Monday, August 25, 2014

Bartending 101: How to Make Simple Syrup

You've probably heard the phrase simple syrup if you've been around high-end bartenders or mixologists.  It is a basic sugar-and-water syrup used to make drinks at bars.  The syrup is obviously used as a sweetener and makes a great base for inventing new drinks.  Since it gels readily when pectin is added, it can also be used as a base for fruit sauces, toppings, and preserves. A lot of mixology requires simple syrup, and to be an excellent mixologist, you should make your own.  Here's how:

All you need is 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar.

In a small saucepan, bring sugar and water to a boil; simmer until the sugar is dissolved, 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool completely.

This recipe makes about 1 1/2 cups.  To make a richer syrup, use 2 cups of sugar instead of just 1.

You can make as small or as large a batch as you wish and store it in the refrigerator in a well sealed bottle for around 6 months.

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