Simple syrup is a sugar syrup made from equal parts of sugar and water, cooked lightly into a syrup. There are many types of simple syrup, depending on the ratio of sugar to water and the type of sugar used. Rich simple is a 2:1 ratio of sugar to water. 

Simple syrup is used to provide a neutral sweetness to cocktails, and ensures no grainy undissolved sugar in the finished drink.  While there are commercial versions of this bar staple, most of them are full of preservatives and other chemicals, and it is easy to make. Making a batch, letting it cool, and adding about a quarter cup of vodka per cup of syrup to preserve it takes twenty minutes. 

Simple syrup should be stored in the refrigerator, labeled with the type and date. 

Some popular cocktails containing Simple syrup

  • Whispering Pines — Gin, Triple sec, Bitters, Egg white, Lemon juice, Simple syrup
  • Kashmiri Caipirinha — Cachaça, Simple syrup, Lime juice, Tamarind, Turmeric, Chili pepper
  • Blind Date at Chelsea — Cognac VSOP, Sloe gin, Maraschino Liqueur, Lemon juice, Simple syrup, Strawberry, Raspberry, Lemon peel
  • Viking Funeral — Aquavit, Amaro Abano, Egg white, Lemon juice, Simple syrup
  • Gomá — Fino sherry, Shochu, Tequila, Simple syrup, Sesame oil
  • Elske Sour #2 — Gin, Sake, Bitters, Simple syrup, Lemon juice, Yeast
  • Black Tea Crusta In The Rye — Rye, Orange Curaçao, Orange bitters, Lemon juice, Simple syrup
  • Spicy Sandilla — Blanco tequila, Elderflower liqueur, Lemon juice, Simple syrup
  • About Face — Kummel, Gin, Raspberry, Egg yolk, Lemon juice, Simple syrup
  • Selinon Soother (OG Version) — Gin, Bianco Vermouth, Jamaican #1 bitters, Seltzer water, Lemon juice, Celery syrup, Simple syrup, Lemon peel