A Trade Secret: Simple Syrup In Margaritas, Martinis, And Iced Coffee

A Trade Secret: Simple Syrup In Margaritas, Martinis, And Iced Coffee

Sometimes it’s the simple things in life that can really make a big difference—like having the subway arrive just as you do, or needing to buy yogurt and finding your favorite brand is on sale.

One of my simple pleasures is simple syrup. Such a simple concept, it costs pennies to make and is so practical and versatile! I used various flavors of simple syrup in my bartending days to add sweetness and a touch of elegance to cocktails. Granulated sugar in a margarita just creates crunch. Make a liquid of the sugar, and olé!

Read on for directions and reasons to stir up simple syrup:

Simple To Make

Simple syrup is simply sugar and water. Bring a cup of water to a boil and add a cup of sugar. Stir until sugar is dissolved and you’ve done it! In a pinch, you can get away with using a microwave, unless you’re making a flavored simple syrup. The syrup can be stored, sealed, in the refrigerator (along with your healthy snacks) for about six weeks. If you only use the syrup for cocktails, add a wee shot of vodka to prolong its life.

Create Crazy Cocktails

Possibilities are endless when it comes to flavored simple syrups. Just think of the options for martinis and more! A flowery drink like a lavender or rosemary martini, something a little spicy like a cardamom or jalapeño martini, or my favorite: the gingertini. The technique is similar to the basic simple syrup….just add some of the desired flavor component to the mixture of water and sugar, let steep and strain.

Ease Summertime Efforts

Simple Syrup is not just a cocktail aid; it provides an easy way to add sugar to iced tea or iced coffee. Mint iced tea sounds so relaxing that it takes me right back to mid-July. Iced coffee made with brown simple syrup using turbinado sugar puts me on a porch watching the sunrise on a muggy August morning. Indian summer, anyone?

Tell us in the comments: Have you ever used simple syrup? Do you have any interesting uses for it?


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