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Tuesday Tips: Making Simple Syrup

lemon drop martini with simple syrup
Lemon Drop Martin made with simple syrup.

With bars still closed and quarantine vibes still in full swing, I have been making more and more “fancy” cocktails at home. And by “fancy,” I just meant that it’s not just a vodka soda that I am making.  Most recipes I am following or testing require simple syrup and I started getting really tired of going through the hassle of making simple syrup from scratch everyday at 5, I mean every weekend.  So I came up with a quick hack (5 minutes!) to make simple syrup and keep on hand all the time and that is this week’s Tuesday Tip.  

Start paying attention to your glass bottles that come in and out of your home.  Salad dressing and sauces like Tessamae’s and The New Primal have great glass bottles.  Also, if you buy half bottles of wine or individual bottles of wine (who does that?) and they are a screw top, these bottles also work well.  You will want to save one of these bottles and remove the label (goo gone is a great tool here).  Other bottles that work well are the glass bottles that you typically see olive oil and vinegar in, like this.  You will want to store your simple syrup in the refrigerator in a bottle like one of these.  

Simple syrup is equal parts water to sugar, so next up is you get a large microwave safe measuring cup and mix one cup of water and one cup of sugar (or you can double it or half it, depending on how much you want to keep on hand).  Put it in the microwave for one minute increments and stir after each minute.  You will repeat this process until the sugar is fully dissolved.  Transfer to your glass bottle, let cool, and store in the refrigerator.  After a few hours, the syrup will thicken and be ready to use in your next drink!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of white sugar
  • 1 cup of water

Instructions:

  1. Add water and sugar in a microwave safe measuring cup.
  2. Microwave for 1 minute and stir.  
  3. Repeat until all sugar is dissolved (2-4 minutes total)
  4. Transfer to a bottle and let cool.  Store in the refrigerator.
  5. Let the simple syrup fully cool (2 hours) before using in your next drink.
  6. Store in the refrigerator to have simple syrup on hand all the time.  Whenever the bottle gets low, just make another batch and refill! 

Notes:

  • You can replace the sugar with honey, if you want to create a honey simple syrup.
  • Use this simple syrup in your next cocktail, like these watermelon margaritas
  • Let your simple syrup cool completely before putting the lid on and transferring to the refrigerator.  This prevents steam and pressure from building in the bottle.  It also prevents the bottle from undergoing extreme temperature changes very quickly, which can cause glass to shatter. 
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