MAKES: 2 cups

TIME: 10 minutes

Also called simple syrup, this is perfect for adding sweetness to something without worrying about the sugar dissolving. It comes in handy when making sorbets, granitas, and iced drinks, including tea, coffee, and cocktails.

Make this syrup in any quantity you need; the ratio equal parts water and sugar is always the same.

2 cups sugar

Combine the sugar with 2 cups water in a small pot; bring to a boil and cook until the sugar is dissolved, stirring occasionally. Set aside and cool to room temperature. Use immediately or store in a clean container or jar, covered, in the fridge for up to 6 months.

7 Ways to Flavor Sugar Syrup

Steep the flavoring in the hot syrup for 5 to 10 minutes, then strain out or leave in (for larger items, like vanilla pods)

  1. Vanilla bean, with the scraped pod if you like
  2. Cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, allspice, or crushed cardamom pods
  3. Citrus zest, any kind, grated, minced, or strips
  4. Coffee beans, whole
  5. Ginger, peeled and grated or minced
  6. Lavender buds (just a bit or it’ll taste soapy)
  7. Fresh herbs, whole stems, especially mint, peppermint, verbena, and basil

6 Uses for Sugar Syrup

Obviously it sweetens; here’s where to use it:

  1. Sorbet and granita bases
  2. Cake soaks
  3. Dessert soups
  4. Iced tea, coffee, and cocktails
  5. Fruit pures
  6. Macerating fruit