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

  • Well-Hung Trellis — Dimmi, Genever, Lime juice, Simple syrup
  • Paloma Sangria — White wine, Blanco tequila, Grapefruit juice, Lime juice, Simple syrup, Salt
  • First Rodeo — Gin, Bianco Vermouth, Peychaud's Bitters, Grapefruit juice, Soda water, Simple syrup, Lemon juice, Orange peel
  • Pliny's Tonic — Gin, Lime juice, Simple syrup, Cucumber, chili tincture, Mint
  • Selinon Soother (OG Version) — Gin, Bianco Vermouth, Jamaican #1 bitters, Seltzer water, Lemon juice, Celery syrup, Simple syrup, Lemon peel
  • Eucalyptus Martini — Gin, Triple sec, Simple syrup, Lime juice, Egg white
  • Koi Pond Punch — Japanese Whisky, Shochu, Umeshu, Simple syrup, Lemon juice, Mango juice
  • My Dear Quarantine — Gin, Pear liqueur, Cardamom, Soda water, Lemon juice, Orange juice, Simple syrup, Lemon peel
  • Fontoura — Amaro Montenegro, Cachaça, Grapefruit juice, Lime juice, Simple syrup
  • The Screaming Lyra — Rye, Amaro Montenegro, Elderflower liqueur, Simple syrup, Jalapeño