The sweetener is an important element in many different drinks. Leaving it out affects the entire drink, and adding too much can do the same. The perfect balance of sweet in your drink, from the Mojito to the Margarita, separates an average drink from the one that your guests will go home talking about. So how do you achieve that perfect, balanced sweetener? It’s actually quite easy. You can make the best simple syrup right from the comfort of your kitchen.
Make It Yourself
When you buy your liquid sweetener at a liquor store or specialty grocery store, you can expect to spend a decent amount of money for what will only make a few drinks. However, when you make it at home, you’ll save money, trips to the grocery store, and can have it ready in just a few minutes. This recipe is simple, requires just two ingredients, and will be free of any additives. You’ll be able to make the purest sweetener, and your drinks will taste that much better.
The Perfect Simple Syrup Recipe
To make this perfect sweetener, you’ll need a medium saucepan, measuring cups, a glass jar or container to store your syrup in, and a funnel.
- 1 cup of filtered water
- 1 cup of cane sugar
- Begin by adding one cup of water to your saucepan over medium heat.
- Once your water is heated, add one cup of sugar.
- Stir the sugar until it dissolves.
- Allow the syrup to cool until it reaches room temperature.
- Once cooled, transfer your syrup to a glass container for storage.
You can use it immediately to create a cocktail or store it in your refrigerator for future use.
Making a Richer Syrup
For a richer syrup, as some recipes call for, you can mix two parts sugar to one part water. This version of the syrup that follows a 2:1 ratio requires the same method; it just delivers a different taste and texture to certain drinks. Bartenders often use a thicker syrup for to add texture and to create a more dramatic taste. Having both of these syrups on hand will give you the option to experiment and create different variations of your favorite drinks.
If you’re feeling bold, experimental, or creative, you can take this recipe and give it a twist. To make a simple brown syrup, simply substitute brown sugar for cane sugar. You can also make a simple honey syrup with the same ratios, and even attempt to make a coconut sugar syrup. To add a citrus flavor to your syrup, simply add citrus zest to the original recipe for a unique flavor. You can also add different spices to change your drink flavors when needed.
The Beauty of DIY Syrup
When you opt to make your sweetener at home, you’ll save money, avoid trips to the store, and you’ll get to experiment with different flavors to create some new and unique cocktails. This process is fool-proof, easy, and affordable. Once you see for yourself just how convenient this process really is, you’ll never go back to the store-bought version again.