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How To - Simple Syrups

Updated: Jan 6, 2021

Want to add a boost of flavor to your cocktails? Experiment with creating your own simple syrups.

(pictured- rosemary simple syrup, ginger simple syrup)


All you need is water, sugar and your flavor of choice. Herbs, teas and fruit work great for simple syrups. The base ratio is 1:1 water and sugar. The more flavoring you add the stronger it will be. Add water and sugar to a small pot and stir while it heats until sugar is dissolved. Add flavoring and bring to boil. Stir and bring down to simmer. Keep on simmer for 7 mins stirring often. Remove from heat and let it cool for 30 mins. Strain (if needed) and store in refrigerator.

Here are some flavor ideas:

Add the following amount of flavoring to 1 cup water and 1 cup white sugar. If using teas you can put the leaves in a tea strainer to make it easier.

  • Lavender - 2 tablespoons lavender buds

  • Rosemary - 3 sprigs rosemary

  • Ginger - 2 tablespoons ginger (dried or fresh, not powder)

  • Sage - 3 sprigs fresh sage

  • Mint tea - 2-3 tablespoons tea leaves

  • Dried Hibiscus leaves - 2 tablespoons

  • Raspberry - 1 cup (might want to cut down the water to 1/2 cup due to water content in the raspberries)

For cocktail ideas check here -

Or simply add these a syrup to a simple vodka soda or gin and tonic for an easy elevated cocktail!


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