How to make sugar syrup


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How to make sugar syrup

Many cocktails call for sugar or 'simple' syrup

Lots of cocktail recipes call for sugar syrup, also known as simple syrup or gomme. It is used to add sweetness and volume with a smoother consistency than just sugar, and is easier to mix with the other ingredients in this form, especially when using a cocktail shaker.

While it might sound complicated, making your own sugar syrup is easy. Make as much or as little as you like – any leftover syrup can be stored in the fridge for a couple of months if you use a sealed container – but stick to the ratio of one part water to two parts sugar and you can’t fail.

How to make sugar syrup

  1. Bring your chosen quantity of water up to the boil in a small pan and add twice as much sugar.
  2. Stir the syrup mix continuously, until the sugar has completely dissolved.
  3. Allow to cool, then transfer to a bottle until required.

You can also add extra ingredients to the pan along with the sugar to create a flavoured syrup. Try citrus peel, fresh ginger or rosemary. Once the sugar has dissolved, strain the syrup into a bottle and discard the flavouring.