Simple sugar syrup is, as the name implies, very simple to make from scratch. In my opinion, knowing how to make simple sugar syrup is something everyone should know. It is a very common ingredient in various drink recipes, whether you are making cocktails, lemonade or iced coffee. Any kind of liquid that needs to be sweetened benefits from a good sugar syrup. Don't be tempted by bottled sweeteners; if you can boil water, you can make sugar syrup. Yes, it's that easy! 

If you have never made sugar syrup before, or don't even know what it is for that matter, allow me to explain. Simple sugar syrup is basically sugar dissolved in water. Sugar syrup is a basic and indispensable ingredient of cocktail making. The solution is heated in a pot to fully dissolve the crystals and then cooled before using or storing. It is perfect for sweetening your cold drinks where regular sugar wouldn't dissolve with ease.


 1 cup of water

 1 cup of sugar

Prep Time: 5 min

Cook Time: 15 min

How do you make Simple Sugar Syrup

Generally, the simple syrup is made from one part water to one part sugar (1:1). One common sugar syrup variation is rich simple syrup. Instead of the traditional 1:1 ratio, it calls for two parts of sugar to one part water (2:1). The process of making it is exactly the same. So from where do, you start?

Combine sugar and water in a small saucepan. Heat over medium heat, swirling occasionally, just until sugar dissolves. Let it cool completely before using. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. You can keep it for about one month.


Step 1: Boil

Put the sugar and the water in a small saucepan, stir to combine and then bring to a boil over medium heat. Or else, you can bring the water to a boil first and then add the sugar, any method will do the job for you.

Step 2: Simmer

Once the sugar is dissolved completely, reduce the heat and let the mixture simmer for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally until the sugar is completely dissolved and the syrup is clear.

Step 3: Cool

Remove the pan from the heat, cover it, and allow the syrup to cool completely.

Step 4: Store

Pour the syrup into a lidded glass container and store in the refrigerator. Basic, unflavored simple syrup will keep in the fridge for about one month.

Serve with?

Simple sugar syrup can be added to a whole lot of drinks. It isn't limited to just cocktail swizzling. Try it in a Blackberry Collins cocktail, fresh-squeezed lemonade, lemon berry cubes, and other party-ready pitcher drinks. It's also ideal for iced tea, coffee, and homemade sodas. Some bakers like to use simple syrup on layer cakes to help keep them moist.


  • If you seek a thicker and heavier syrup, simply adjust the proportions. Many bartenders prefer a 2:1 sugar-to-water ratio.
  • Simple sugar syrup is also fantastic when flavored or spiced.