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Simple Syrup Recipe--Key to Sweet Beverages and Confections

Enjoy making this lovely Simple Syrup recipe, and then take your gluten-free food to the next level by pouring on all the delicious flavor variations!

Updated October 6, 2018

Enjoy making this lovely Simple Syrup recipe, and then take your gluten-free food to the next level by pouring on all the delicious flavor variations!

It is an easy do-it-yourself confection you will find endless uses for.

You choose the viscosity (thickness or thinness) to best meet your cooking needs by adjusting the ratio of sugar to water.

Are you allergic to corn?

Then, you will appreciate this Simple Syrup recipe, because you can substitute Rich Simple Syrup for corn syrup in all your favorite recipes!


Simple Syrup Recipes Uses

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The most commonly recognized use for simple syrup is as a mixer to sweeten cocktails and mocktails.

Make homemade versions of your favorite beverages, such as punch lemonade, sodas, coffee or tea and change up the subtle flavor nuances using flavor infused variations.

Simple syrup is an essential ingredient in the making of certain homemade candies, for example, caramels, fondants, fudge, brittles and other hard candies.

Infuse cakes with special flavor; poke holes across the top, evenly pour some simple syrup over the cake and let it set long enough for the syrup to soak in before serving.

Glaze the top of baked goods with a brush of simple syrup.

To make a crusty glaze, slip the glazed baked goods under the broiler and cook just until the top begins to caramelize.

Flavored simple syrups make yummy dessert toppings; pour over homemade ice cream, baked custard or a bowl of fresh fruit, and then garnish your dessert with whipped cream sweetened with a flavored simple syrup variation.

Who doesn't love picking from an assortment of flavored simple syrups to pour over buttered pancakes, waffles, biscuits or scones?


Simple Syrup Making Tips

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The key to making perfect simple syrup is completely dissolving the sugar in water.

Food science has proven more sugar can successfully be dissolved in water when heat is applied.

Applying heat also aids in keeping sugar molecules suspended in the solution, and as the solution cools, prevents re-crystallizing.

Thus, when cooking simple syrup, it is important all sugar crystals are in solution, so scrape any residual sugar crystals from the sides of the saucepan.

Even when properly made, sometimes simple syrup will crystallize, much like aged honey does.

Warm a glass container of crystallized simple syrup in a saucepan of barely simmering water until the sugar dissolves.

When straining fruit infused simple syrups, let nothing go to waste; save the fruit pulp.

The jam-like consistency of the pulp is perfect for flavoring homemade ice cream and whipped toppings, for making dessert fillings, and for flavoring drinks, such as milkshakes or smoothies.

We love it spread on gluten-free toast.

Nut butter and fruit pulp "jam" sandwich, anyone?


How to Store Simple Syrup

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Classic Simple Syrup can be stored up to 1 month in the refrigerator when made using the sterile methods utilized in home canning.

Store Thin Simply Syrup in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Rich Simple Syrup can be stored in the refrigerator up to 6 months.

If you wish to extend the shelf-life of your simple syrup beyond its expiration time, stir in 1 tablespoon gluten-free potato vodka, a flavorless natural food preservative.

Preserved simple syrup will keep up to 3 months longer in the refrigerator.

Simply syrups can be safely kept up to one year by storing them in the freezer; be sure to use sterilized freezer safe containers, and then thaw frozen syrup before using.

Some cooks suggest storing simple syrup in a cool dark place, but impurities, especially in flavored syrups, quickly ripen at room temperature, spoiling the syrup with mold, rendering it unsafe to eat.

Homemade simple syrups stored at room temperature are prone to fermentation, which produces gas and can result in blowing the top of your container, making a mess in your cupboard.

It is always best to store foods in the safest manner possible.

Thus, choose to store this Simple Syrup recipe in sterilized glass containers and keep them chilled in the refrigerator.


Signature Simple Syrups

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Get creative!

Play with your food!

Use the key recipe to develop your own signature simple syrup recipe flavor variation.

Try different sugars, herbs, spices, edible flowers, gluten-free spirits and flavoring extracts.

When you have a success, fill a beautiful decanter.

Simple syrups make delightful gifts for most any occasion.





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Simple Syrup Recipe--Key to Sweet Beverages and Confections


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Simple Syrup Recipe--Key to Sweet Beverages and Confections


Simple to make! Simply sweet! Simply scrumptious!

Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Yield: 1 1/2 cups

Classic Simple Syrup

Ingredients:
- 1 cup cold water
- 1 cup granulated white sugar

Rich Simple Syrup

Ingredients:
- 1 cup cold water
- 2 cups granulated white sugar

Thin Simple Syrup

Ingredients:
- 1 cup cold water
- 1/2 cup granulated white sugar

Instructions:
1. In a small saucepan, combine water and sugar.
2. Bring to a boil, and then reduce heat to a simmer; stirring constantly so syrup doesn't scorch.
3. Simmer for 3 minutes.
4. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.
5. Pour into a sterilized glass jar and seal with a sterilized airtight lid.
6. Chill in refrigerator until ready to use.

Tags:
Gluten-free, Corn-free, Dairy-free, Egg-free, Fat-free, Low Fat, Nut-free, Paleo, Soy-free, Vegan, Vegetarian




Variations

Agave Simple Syrup Recipe

  1. Omit granulated white sugar.
  2. Add 1 cup agave syrup.
  3. In a small saucepan warm water and agave syrup just until completely combined.
  4. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.
  5. Pour into a sterilized glass jar and seal with a sterilized airtight lid.
  6. Chill in refrigerator up to 2 weeks.


Basil Simple Syrup Recipe

  1. In a small saucepan, combine water, sugar and 1 cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves.
  2. Bring to a boil, and then reduce heat to a simmer; stirring constantly so syrup doesn't scorch.
  3. Simmer for 5 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.
  5. Strain through a fine mesh sieve into a sterilized glass jar.
  6. DO NOT PRESS PULP to prevent cloudy syrup.
  7. Seal with a sterilized airtight lid.
  8. Chill in refrigerator up to 1 month.


Blackberry Simple Syrup

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine water, sugar, 2 cups fresh or frozen blackberries.
  2. Bring to a boil, and then reduce heat to a simmer; stirring constantly so syrup doesn't scorch.
  3. Using a potato masher, mash the berries.
  4. Simmer for 10 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.
  6. Strain through a fine mesh sieve lined with a coffee filter into a sterilized glass jar.
  7. DO NOT PRESS PULP to prevent cloudy syrup.
  8. Seal with a sterilized airtight lid.
  9. Chill in refrigerator up to 1 month.


Blueberry Simple Syrup

  1. In a large saucepan, combine water, sugar, 4 cups fresh or frozen blueberries.
  2. Bring to a boil, and then reduce heat to a simmer; stirring constantly so syrup doesn't scorch.
  3. Cook just until all blueberries burst their skins and release their liquids.
  4. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.
  5. Strain through a fine mesh sieve lined with a coffee filter into a sterilized glass jar.
  6. DO NOT PRESS PULP to prevent cloudy syrup.
  7. Seal with a sterilized airtight lid.
  8. Chill in refrigerator up to 1 month.


Brandy Simple Syrup Recipe

  1. Prepare, cook and cool as directed in key recipe.
  2. Stir in 1/4 cup gluten-free brandy.
  3. Pour into a sterilized glass jar and seal with a sterilized airtight lid.
  4. Chill in refrigerator up to 9 months.


Cherry Simple Syrup Recipe

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine water, sugar, 2 cups pitted fresh or frozen cherries.
  2. Bring to a boil, and then reduce heat to a simmer; stirring constantly so syrup doesn't scorch.
  3. Using a potato masher, mash the berries.
  4. Simmer for 3 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.
  6. Strain through a fine mesh sieve lined with a coffee filter into a sterilized glass jar.
  7. DO NOT PRESS PULP to prevent cloudy syrup.
  8. Seal with a sterilized airtight lid.
  9. Chill in refrigerator up to 1 month.


Cinnamon Simple Syrup Recipe

  1. In a small saucepan, combine water, sugar and 2 cinnamon sticks.
  2. Bring to a boil, and then reduce heat to a simmer; stirring constantly so syrup doesn't scorch.
  3. Simmer for 10 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.
  5. Strain through a fine mesh sieve into a sterilized glass jar.
  6. Seal with a sterilized airtight lid.
  7. Chill in refrigerator up to 1 month.


Demerara Simple Syrup Recipe

  1. Omit granulated white sugar.
  2. Add 1 cup Turbinado sugar.
  3. Prepare as directed in key recipe.


Fennel Simple Syrup Recipe

  1. In a large saucepan, combine water, sugar, 1 medium fennel bulb, chopped.
  2. Bring to a boil, and then reduce heat to a simmer; stirring constantly so syrup doesn't scorch.
  3. Simmer for 15 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.
  5. Strain through a fine mesh sieve lined with a coffee filter into a sterilized glass jar.
  6. DO NOT PRESS PULP to prevent cloudy syrup.
  7. Seal with a sterilized airtight lid.
  8. Chill in refrigerator up to 1 month.


Ginger Simple Syrup Recipe

  1. In a small saucepan, combine water, sugar and a 5 inches (13 cm) long ginger root, peeled and sliced into thin coins.
  2. Bring to a boil, and then reduce heat to a simmer; stirring constantly so syrup doesn't scorch.
  3. Simmer for 3 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.
  5. Strain through a fine mesh sieve lined with a coffee filter into a sterilized glass jar.
  6. DO NOT PRESS PULP to prevent cloudy syrup.
  7. Seal with a sterilized airtight lid.
  8. Chill in refrigerator up to 1 month.


Honey Simple Syrup Recipe

  1. Omit granulated white sugar.
  2. Add 1 cup honey.
  3. In a small saucepan warm water and honey just until completely combined.
  4. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.
  5. Pour into a sterilized glass jar and seal with a sterilized airtight lid.
  6. Chill in refrigerator up to 1 month.


Lavender Simple Syrup

  1. In a small saucepan, combine water, sugar and 1/4 cup culinary grade lavender buds.
  2. Bring to a boil, and then reduce heat to a simmer; stirring constantly so syrup doesn't scorch.
  3. Simmer for 5 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.
  5. Strain through a fine mesh sieve lined with a coffee filter into a sterilized glass jar.
  6. DO NOT PRESS PULP to prevent cloudy syrup.
  7. Seal with a sterilized airtight lid.
  8. Chill in refrigerator up to 1 month.


Lemon Balm Simple Syrup

  1. In a small saucepan, combine water, sugar and 1 cup fresh lemon balm leaves.
  2. Bring to a boil, and then reduce heat to a simmer; stirring constantly so syrup doesn't scorch.
  3. Simmer for 3 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.
  5. Strain through a fine mesh sieve lined with a coffee filter into a sterilized glass jar.
  6. DO NOT PRESS PULP to prevent cloudy syrup.
  7. Seal with a sterilized airtight lid.
  8. Chill in refrigerator up to 1 month.


Lemon Simple Syrup



  1. In a small saucepan, combine water, sugar, 1/4 cup lemon juice and 1 teaspoon grated fresh lemon peel.
  2. Bring to a boil, and then reduce heat to a simmer; stirring constantly so syrup doesn't scorch.
  3. Simmer for 3 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.
  5. Strain through a fine mesh sieve into a sterilized glass jar.
  6. Seal with a sterilized airtight lid.
  7. Chill in refrigerator up to 1 month.


Lemon Verbena Simple Syrup

  1. In a small saucepan, combine water, sugar and 1 cup fresh lemon verbena leaves.
  2. Bring to a boil, and then reduce heat to a simmer; stirring constantly so syrup doesn't scorch.
  3. Simmer for 3 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.
  5. Strain through a fine mesh sieve lined with a coffee filter into a sterilized glass jar.
  6. DO NOT PRESS PULP to prevent cloudy syrup.
  7. Seal with a sterilized airtight lid.
  8. Chill in refrigerator up to 1 month.


Lime Simple Syrup

  1. In a small saucepan, combine water, sugar, 1/4 cup lime juice and 1 teaspoon grated fresh lime peel.
  2. Bring to a boil, and then reduce heat to a simmer; stirring constantly so syrup doesn't scorch.
  3. Simmer for 3 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.
  5. Strain through a fine mesh sieve into a sterilized glass jar.
  6. Seal with a sterilized airtight lid.
  7. Chill in refrigerator until ready to use.


Metric Measurements

Note:  use volume-based imperial/metric measuring spoons and dry measuring cups marked in milliliters; see Kitchen Equipment and Tools.

Classic Simple Syrup

Ingredients

  • 250 ml cold water
  • 250 ml granulated white sugar

Rich Simple Syrup

Ingredients

  • 250 ml cold water
  • 500 ml granulated white sugar

Thin Simple Syrup

Ingredients

  • 250 ml cold water
  • 125 ml granulated white sugar

Instructions

  1. In a small saucepan, combine water and sugar.
  2. Bring to a boil, and then reduce heat to a simmer; stirring constantly so syrup doesn't scorch.
  3. Simmer for 3 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.
  5. Pour into a sterilized glass jar and seal with a sterilized airtight lid.
  6. Chill in refrigerator until ready to use.


Mint Simple Syrup Recipe

  1. In a small saucepan, combine water, sugar and 1 cup loosely packed fresh mint leaves.
  2. Bring to a boil, and then reduce heat to a simmer; stirring constantly so syrup doesn't scorch.
  3. Simmer for 3 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.
  5. Strain through a fine mesh sieve lined with a coffee filter into a sterilized glass jar.
  6. Seal with a sterilized airtight lid.
  7. Chill in refrigerator up to 1 month.


Muscovado Simple Syrup Recipe

  1. Omit granulated white sugar.
  2. Add 1 cup Muscovado sugar.
  3. Prepare as directed in key recipe.


Orange Simple Syrup

  1. Reduce water to 3/4 cup.
  2. In a small saucepan, combine water, sugar, 1/4 cup orange juice and 1 teaspoon grated fresh orange peel.
  3. Bring to a boil, and then reduce heat to a simmer; stirring constantly so syrup doesn't scorch.
  4. Simmer for 3 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.
  6. Strain through a fine mesh sieve lined with a coffee filter into a sterilized glass jar.
  7. Seal with a sterilized airtight lid.
  8. Chill in refrigerator up to 1 month.


Peach Simple Syrup

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine water, sugar, 2 fresh peaches, peeled, pitted and sliced or 2 cups frozen peach slices.
  2. Bring to a boil, and then reduce heat to a simmer; stirring constantly so syrup doesn't scorch.
  3. Using a potato masher, mash the peaches.
  4. Simmer for 20 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.
  6. Strain through a fine mesh sieve lined with a coffee filter into a sterilized glass jar.
  7. DO NOT PRESS PULP to prevent cloudy syrup.
  8. Seal with a sterilized airtight lid.
  9. Chill in refrigerator up to 1 month.


Pear Simple Syrup

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine water, sugar, 4 fresh pears, peeled, seeded and sliced.
  2. Bring to a boil, and then reduce heat to a simmer; stirring constantly so syrup doesn't scorch.
  3. Using a potato masher, mash the pears.
  4. Simmer for 20 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.
  6. Strain through a fine mesh sieve lined with a coffee filter into a sterilized glass jar.
  7. DO NOT PRESS PULP to prevent cloudy syrup.
  8. Seal with a sterilized airtight lid.
  9. Chill in refrigerator up to 1 month.


Raspberry Simple Syrup

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine water, sugar, 2 cups fresh or frozen raspberries.
  2. Bring to a boil, and then reduce heat to a simmer; stirring constantly so syrup doesn't scorch.
  3. Using a potato masher, mash the berries.
  4. Simmer for 3 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.
  6. Strain through a fine mesh sieve lined with a coffee filter into a sterilized glass jar.
  7. DO NOT PRESS PULP to prevent cloudy syrup.
  8. Seal with a sterilized airtight lid.
  9. Chill in refrigerator up to 1 month.


Rhubarb Simple Syrup

  1. In a large saucepan, combine water, sugar, 4 cups fresh or frozen chopped rhubarb.
  2. Bring to a boil, and then reduce heat to a simmer; stirring constantly so syrup doesn't scorch.
  3. Simmer for 20 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.
  5. Strain through a fine mesh sieve lined with a coffee filter into a sterilized glass jar.
  6. DO NOT PRESS PULP to prevent cloudy syrup.
  7. Seal with a sterilized airtight lid.
  8. Chill in refrigerator up to 1 month.


Rose Simple Syrup

  1. In a small saucepan, combine water, sugar and 1/2 cup culinary grade rose petals.
  2. Bring to a boil, and then reduce heat to a simmer; stirring constantly so syrup doesn't scorch.
  3. Simmer for 5 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.
  5. Strain through a fine mesh sieve lined with a coffee filter into a sterilized glass jar.
  6. DO NOT PRESS PULP to prevent cloudy syrup.
  7. Seal with a sterilized airtight lid.
  8. Chill in refrigerator up to 1 month.


Rosemary Simple Syrup

  1. In a small saucepan, combine water, sugar and 4 large sprigs fresh rosemary.
  2. Bring to a boil, and then reduce heat to a simmer; stirring constantly so syrup doesn't scorch.
  3. Simmer for 3 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.
  5. Strain through a fine mesh sieve lined with a coffee filter into a sterilized glass jar.
  6. Seal with a sterilized airtight lid.
  7. Chill in refrigerator up to 1 month.


Rum Simple Syrup Recipe

  1. Prepare, cook and cool as directed in key recipe.
  2. Stir in 1/4 cup white rum.
  3. Pour into a sterilized glass jar and seal with a sterilized airtight lid.
  4. Chill in refrigerator up to 9 months.


Sage Simple Syrup Recipe

  1. In a small saucepan, combine water, sugar and 6 fresh sage leaves.
  2. Bring to a boil, and then reduce heat to a simmer; stirring constantly so syrup doesn't scorch.
  3. Simmer for 3 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.
  5. Strain through a fine mesh sieve lined with a coffee filter into a sterilized glass jar.
  6. Seal with a sterilized airtight lid.
  7. Chill in refrigerator up to 1 month.


Strawberry Simple Syrup 



  1. In a large saucepan, combine water, sugar, 1 pound fresh or frozen strawberries.
  2. Bring to a boil, and then reduce heat to a simmer; stirring constantly so syrup doesn't scorch.
  3. Simmer for 10 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.
  5. Strain through a fine mesh sieve lined with a coffee filter into a sterilized glass jar.
  6. DO NOT PRESS PULP to prevent cloudy syrup.
  7. Seal with a sterilized airtight lid.
  8. Chill in refrigerator up to 1 month.


Thyme Simple Syrup

  1. In a small saucepan, combine water, sugar and 6 large sprigs fresh thyme.
  2. Bring to a boil, and then reduce heat to a simmer; stirring constantly so syrup doesn't scorch.
  3. Simmer for 3 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.
  5. Strain through a fine mesh sieve lined with a coffee filter into a sterilized glass jar.
  6. Seal with a sterilized airtight lid.
  7. Chill in refrigerator up to 1 month.


Vanilla Simple Syrup Recipe

  1. Prepare, cook and cool as directed in key recipe.
  2. Stir in 2 tablespoons Homemade Vanilla Extract.
  3. Strain through a fine mesh sieve lined with a coffee filter into a sterilized glass jar.
  4. Seal with a sterilized airtight lid.
  5. Chill in refrigerator up to 9 months.


Vodka Simple Syrup Recipe

  1. Prepare, cook and cool as directed in key recipe.
  2. Stir in 1/4 cup gluten-free potato vodka.
  3. Pour into a sterilized glass jar and seal with a sterilized airtight lid.
  4. Chill in refrigerator up to 9 months.


Wine Simple Syrup Recipe

  1. Omit water.
  2. Add 1 cup wine.
  3. Prepare as directed in key recipe.






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