DIY Easy Simple Syrup Recipe!
This DIY Easy Simple syrup recipe is very easy to make, it only uses 2 ingredients and it has such versatile uses! If you’ve ever tried to add granulated sugar in your ice coffee or cocktail, you know it won’t fully dissolve. Use simple syrup to add sweetness in your iced coffee, sweet tea or cocktails without the granules. Or drizzle it between cake layers to add moisture in your cakes. Plus add unique flavors to add an extra dimension to your coffee, Italian soda, or lemonade. The only limit is your own imagination!
For Cocktail Ideas to use your syrups check out my Pretty Spring Cocktails and Easter Inspired Cocktails
Now you can make simple syrup using a sauce pan on the stove, or use the cheater method and simply use a kettle. I don’t recommend using the microwave as you can’t control even heating.
1. Measure out equal parts water and sugar
(I typically use regular white sugar, unless I want an extra dimension of flavor for coffee and then I’ll use brown sugar). You could also use honey and hot water in the same 50:50 ratio. I’ve never tried beet sugar, coconut sugar, or artificial sugar, but I’m sure those would work as well.
2. Heat & Mix
In a sauce pan, heat your water to almost boiling on the stove, (or like I said, cheat and use your electric kettle and pour your hot water into a heat proof mixing bowl). Then dissolve the sugar in the hot water. It’s okay if the mixture boils a little bit (1-2 min), but you don’t want it to boil too much or leave it for too long otherwise you’ll end up with caramel. Once the sugar fully dissolves your mixture should be clear and have a slightly think syrupy consistency.
If your sugar isn’t dissolving, try heating the mixture a little more or adding a touch more water. If your mixture is too thin for your liking, add a bit more sugar or cool it in the fridge. I find a 50:50 ratio works perfect almost every single time.
3. Optional: Add Flavor
While the mixture is still warm (but not boiling) add in any flavor you want. Try adding in flavor extracts, nuts, fruit, vegetables, herbs, tea leaves, candies and/or spices! When the mixture has cooled slightly, transfer to a mason jar or bottle with a lid. I like these ones that have a pump!
4. Cool & Strain
Then allow mixture to cool fully in the fridge. The longer you let the flavor add ins steep, the stronger the flavor- you may need to strain out the add ins after a day or two so it doesn’t become overpowering. Syrups should last 1-3 weeks in the fridge, but adding in fresh ingredients (like berries) as flavor may cause the syrup to expire sooner. As long as the mixture isn’t crystallizing, you don’t see mold, and it doesn’t taste funky you should be good to go!
The possibilities and combinations are truly endless. I didn’t give measurements on the flavor elements as everyone’s preferences are different. Even small amounts of additives should produce good flavor, but start with a small amount and add more as needed on a trial and error basis depending how strong you want each flavor to be. Remember the longer it steeps the stronger the flavor! Also sometimes a small pinch of salt can really enhance and add depth to the flavor profile you are looking for.
I’ve listed a bunch of flavor combinations below, but feel free to make up your own!
For Coffee/Hot Chocolate:
- Hazelnut (add a handful of toasted hazelnut or a splash of hazelnut extract)
- Almond (add a handful of toasted almonds, or a splash of almond extract)
- Toasted Marshmallow (add 5 jumbo marshmallows that you toast in the broiler or by torch/lighter)
- Vanilla (add vanilla beans -if you can find some, or vanilla bean paste, or just vanilla extract)
- Brown Sugar Cinnamon (use brown sugar instead of white sugar when making the syrup)
- Pumpkin Spice (add a teaspoon of pumpkin spice- optional: add pumpkin puree as well)
- Maple Vanilla (add a splash of vanilla extract and a teaspoon of maple syrup)
- Chai (simple add a chai teabag, or few scoops of loose chai tea- then strain out when the flavor is as strong as you need)
- If you really want EXTRA do combinations like: Maple Vanilla Chai, Brown Sugar Pumpkin Spice, etc
For Lemonade, Sweet Tea, Cocktails, Snow Cones or Italian Soda (Syrup + Soda Water = Italian Soda) make it as sweet as you want by adding more syrup!
- Watermelon Jalapeno (make sure to remove the jalapeno seeds or it will become way too spicy!)
- Strawberry Lemon
- Mixed Berry
- Raspberry Rosemary
- Strawberry Basil
- Rosemary Honey (simply replace the sugar with honey and keep a 50:50 ratio of honey to hot water)
- Honey Ginger
- Mint or Peppermint
- Basil – Make sure to add when the syrup is warm or cool or the leaves will turn brown!
- Grapefruit Thyme
- Lemon Lime (basically tastes like 7 up!)
- Rose -use rosewater instead of petals to avoid toxic pesticides
- Green Tea
- Earl Grey Tea
- Honey Chamomile
- Peach Basil
- Apple Cinnamon
- Orange Cinnamon
- Cucumber Mint
- Pineapple Mint
- Pineapple Jalapeno
- Bell Pepper Peach
- Ginger Pear
- Strawberry Rhubarb
- Jelly Beans
- Sour Patches
- Cinnamon Hearts
- Fuzzy Peaches
- Balsamic Blueberry
So hopefully these ideas gave you some inspiration! Have any other cool ideas for flavor combinations? Comment Below!
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