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Simple Syrup

Plain simple syrup is the perfect base to sweeten coffee, cocktails and pastries. With endless ways to customize it, it's the perfect staple recipe.
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Course: Condiment
Cuisine: American
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 25 pumps
Calories: 31kcal
Author: Lauren


  • 1 cup White Sugar
  • 1 cup Water


  • In a medium saucepan, heat your water and sugar over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the sugar is completely dissolved. Be sure to not bring your mixture to a boil.
  • Remove the pan from the heat and allow the syrup to cool completely before using or storing.
  • Store in a mason jar or bottle with a dispenser pump in the fridge for up to 1 month. I like to refill old simple syrup bottles.


If you prefer a rich simple syrup (one that's more thick and sweeter), use a 2:1 ratio for sugar to water.
If you need to keep the syrup at room temperature or for longer than a month, add 1-2 tablespoons of vodka into the syrup to help preserve it.
In order to have a good consistency that doesn't crystallize, bring your water to a boil then take it off the heat before adding the sugar. You don't want your water/sugar mixture to boil as it will affect the end product.


Calories: 31kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 1mg | Sugar: 8g | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 1mg
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