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

  • Coffee Cobbler — Venezuelan rum, Coffee liqueur, Orange liqueur, Simple syrup, Lemon juice
  • Constructive Summer — Hefeweizen, Suze, Reposado Tequila, Lemon juice, Simple syrup
  • Pliny's Tonic — Gin, Lime juice, Simple syrup, Cucumber, chili tincture, Mint
  • Badaiquiri — Dark rum, Rhum Agricole, Light rum, Herbal liqueur, Banana, Ice, Lime juice, Simple syrup
  • Fogg Cutter — Light rum, Dark rum, Gin, Brandy, Crushed ice, Orange juice, Lime juice, Simple syrup, Almond extract
  • Black Tea Crusta In The Rye — Rye, Orange Curaçao, Orange bitters, Lemon juice, Simple syrup
  • Norwegian Plum — Aquavit, Bitters, Lemon juice, Simple syrup
  • Bar Fly — Gin, Parfait Amour, Pineapple juice, Lemon juice, Simple syrup, Lemon peel
  • Love Burns — Puerto Rican Rum, Sparkling rosé wine, Chinato, Grapefruit bitters, Lemon juice, Simple syrup
  • Williams Christ Superstar — Champagne, Pear eau de vie, Jägermeister, Lemon juice, Simple syrup, Mint