A Simple Guide to My Favorite Simple Syrups

As I mentioned in both my daiquiri and margarita posts, I hate using store-bought mixers for cocktails. They’re either way too artificial tasting or they’re filled with a bunch of bad-for-you garbage like yucky sweeteners or UB40…err, I meant Red 40. ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

Because of this, I’m sharing with you my super simple simple syrup recipes! No longer will you have to rely on buying syrups chock full of additives and fillers. Just create your own simple syrups instead! They’re so incredibly easy to make and each recipe follows the same basic formula: water, Demerara sugar, and your base ingredient! ๐Ÿ™‚

What is Simple Syrup?

Simple syrup is liquid gold, but for your tummy.

Simple syrup is sugar that has been dissolved into water using heat. Nice and simple. The sugar and water are typically at a 1:1 ratio, so your syrup is nice and sweet!

Bartenders, baristas, and other types of drink creators typically use simple syrup instead of standard sugar since it’s already melted down into a syrup. Sugar doesn’t easily dissolve (if at all) in cold beverages, so simple syrup is a nice little cheat code to get yo’ sug’ fix…sorry.

What Do You Use Simple Syrup For?

Simple syrups are GREAT to use in basically any type of beverage! Pair my Lemon-Lavender Syrup with sparkling water for a refreshingly light summer drink, or try my Gingerbread Simple Syrup for your next holiday get together!

You can also use these in your mocktails, cocktails, hot coffee, iced coffee, lattes, on ice cream, etc. They’re perfect for literally any occasion!

The Recipes

These are the recipes that I use when making my delicious drink recipes. All of these simple syrups are extremely simple (it’s in the name!) and basically follow the same format: sugar, water, and then your star ingredient for flavor.

Click the links below to jump straight to each recipe. ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy syruping!

Almond Simple Syrup

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Almond Simple Syrup

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  • Author: Amara Andrew

Ingredients

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  • 1 cup organic unsalted almonds, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup demerara sugar
  • 1 cup filtered water

Instructions

  1. Combine everything into a saucepan over medium-high heat.
  2. Stir constantly to dissolve the demerara sugar.
  3. Bring to a boil and then remove from heat.ย 
  4. Let steep for 30 minutes – 1 hour.
  5. Strain and transfer your syrup to a clean glass container.

Notes

You can store your mixture in the fridge for up to a month!

Basic Simple Syrup

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Basic Simple Syrup

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  • Author: Amara Andrew
  • Cook Time: 5-10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 8 oz. simple syrup 1x
  • Category: Beverages, cocktails, drinks, mocktails

Description

The only thing that’s basic about this simple syrup are the ingredients!


Ingredients

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Instructions

  1. Add your Demerara sugar and water to a small pot over medium heat.
  2. Continuously stir the sugar so that it dissolves (about 5-10 minutes).
  3. Once the sugar has dissolved, remove your pot from the heat and let your syrup sit until cool.
  4. Pour into a mason jar or other glass container and save for your mocktails, cocktails, or any other kind of drinks! ๐Ÿ™‚

Blackberry Simple Syrup

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Blackberry Simple Syrup

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  • Author: Amara Andrew
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8 oz. simple syrup 1x
  • Category: Beverages, cocktails, drinks, mocktails

Ingredients

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  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 1 cup Demerara sugar
  • 2 cups organic blackberries (fresh or frozen)

Instructions

  1. Add the water and sweetener of your choice to a small saucepan over medium-high heat.
  2. Stir until your sweetener dissolves.
  3. Add the blackberries and bring to a boil.ย 
  4. Once boiling, lower the heat and simmer covered for 20 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and let sit for 10 minutes.
  6. Strain your syrup by mashing the berries through a fine mesh sieve or cheesecloth into a clean mason jar or other storage container.ย 
  7. You can store your blackberry syrup in the fridge for 1-2 weeks.ย 

Blueberry Simple Syrup

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Blueberry Simple Syrup

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  • Author: Amara Andrew
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 16 oz. simple syrup 1x
  • Category: Beverages, cocktails, drinks, mocktails

Ingredients

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  • 2 cups filtered water
  • 1 cup Demerara sugar
  • 2 cups organic blueberries (fresh or frozen)

Instructions

  1. Add the water and sweetener of your choice to a small saucepan over medium-high heat.
  2. Stir until your sweetener dissolves.
  3. Add the blueberries and bring to a boil.ย 
  4. Once boiling, lower the heat and simmer covered for 15 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and let sit for 10 minutes.
  6. Strain your syrup into a clean mason jar or other storage container and put it in the fridge.
  7. You can keep this in the fridge for 1-2 weeks.ย 

Cherry Simple Syrup

The word cherry conjures up various images for people: their favorite flavor of pie, the heroic protagonist in a Robert Rodriguez film, the most coveted of all the Starburst candy flavors, or a favorite reggae song. In one way or another, everyone loves cherry.

While I was developing recipes for some springtime cocktails, I wanted to create a few drinks that featured cherry to symbolize one of my favorite times of the year: when cherries start to blossom.

As we know from the excitement that arises when the cherry blossom trees bloom in Washington D.C. and, more famously, when the Japanese sakura trees blossom, humans love a beautiful flower. After a particularly chilly winter, nothing screams the future prospect of warm weather like the appearance of a cherry blossom.

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Cherry Simple Syrup Recipe

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  • Author: Amara Andrew
  • Prep Time: 0 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 16 oz. simple syrup 1x
  • Category: Cocktail
  • Method: Cooking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

This cherry simple syrup is soooo good! Mix it with your favorite alcohol for a popsicle flavored cocktail, or pair it with some Topo Chico for an old-fashioned soda!


Ingredients

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  • 1 cup organic frozen cherries (this way, they’re already pitted and de-stemmed)
  • 1 cup water
  • 3/4 cup Demerara sugar

Instructions

  1. Add your cherries, Demerara sugar, and water to a saucepan over medium-high heat.ย 
  2. Simmer for 10-15 minutes. You want your cherries to start breaking down…not emotionally, just physically.ย 
  3. Remove from heat and mash your cherries with the back of a slotted spoon.ย 
  4. Cool for 10 minutes.ย 
  5. Strain your cherry mixture over a bowl. Make sure to press on the cherries so you get all of the simple syrup out of them.
  6. Pour your syrup into an air-tight container and put in the fridge to cool before using it.ย 
  7. Eat those strained cherries, donโ€™t discard them! You can pair them with coconut milk ice cream which is super yummy ๐Ÿ™‚

Notes

Your cherry simple syrup will last in the fridge for about 3 weeks.

Cinnamon Simple Syrup

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Cinnamon Simple Syrup

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  • Author: Amara Andrew

Ingredients

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  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup Demerara sugar
  • 4 organic cinnamon sticks

Instructions

  1. In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, add the water and Demerara sugar.
  2. Stir until sugar dissolves (about 5 minutes).
  3. Once the sugar is dissolved, add the cinnamon sticks.
  4. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and then simmer for 10 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and let sit for 20 minutes.
  6. Store your cinnamon simple syrup in a clean, airtight glass container for up to a month.

Gingerbread Simple Syrup

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Gingerbread Simple Syrup

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  • Author: Amara Andrew

Ingredients

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Instructions

  1. Add the water and Demerara sugar to a pot over medium heat.
  2. Stir until the sugar dissolves (~5 minutes).
  3. Once the sugar has dissolved, add the molasses, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves.
  4. Stir, cover with a lid, and then let it cook for 15 minutes.ย 
  5. Strain your syrup into a clean, airtight mason jar or glass pouring container.ย 
  6. Store in the fridge for up to 3 weeks.ย 

Lavender Simple Syrup

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Lavender Simple Syrup

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