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The fresh ingredients in this tequila cocktail from New York City's Vida Verde create a delicious drink that's super refreshing. Pair it with homemade guacamole for the happiest of happy hours.Watch our recipe video to follow along at home:

A sweet-and-sour component of our Savannah Smiletini recipe, this lemon simple syrup would be wonderful in a peach iced tea or lemon drop cocktail.Read more about Drinks That Taste Just Like Girl Scout Cookies.

A perfect accompaniment for any number of cocktails, especially the "Are You Sure This Is A Margarita?"

A delicious component of our Peanut Butter Patty Cocktail, this syrup would also be great on top of an ice cream sundae, in a hot chocolate, or as a sauce drizzle for a slice of pie.Read more about Drinks That Taste Just Like Girl Scout Cookies.

Try this cocktail for a fun use of absinthe.

If you frequented pizza shops in the '90s, chances are you came across this fizzy treat. Though it was the perfect light and sweet pairing for greasy pizza, it was discontinued. But, fear not, the classic drink is easily made with just a few simple ingredients, thanks to miia monthly. Pizza not included.

The perfect addition to our Thin Mint Martini, this cocktail rim would also be a stellar garnish for a classic grasshopper or mocha martini. Read more about Drinks That Taste Just Like Girl Scout Cookies.

Antioxidant-rich blueberries are both healthy and tasty. Kiss extra calories goodbye by using sparkling water in this recipe rather than a sugary mixer.

Spicy and sweet, this drink brings as much reckoning as it does legs to the dance floor. The Candied Ginger is delicious, and with the right soundtrack, encourages even your great-aunt Mildred to the dance floor in time for the Bus Stop. Don’t let her down! Consider this cocktail as your wedding's signature drink.

Inspired by the, ahem, very imaginative "margarita" an extremely young Kieran Culkin mixes up for Freddy Prinze Junior in the '90's teen rom com She's All That.

Bright, zesty lemon balanced with powdered sugar: Savannah Smiles are a cult favorite among Girl Scout Cookie lovers. Our cocktail version is the best version for the off season.Read more about Drinks That Taste Just Like Girl Scout Cookies.


19 Simple Syrups for Everything (Not Just Cocktails)

Matt Taylor-Gross

It starts out easily enough: Combine one part water with one part granulated sugar, boil until dissolved, chill.

Here’s where we make it interesting: Simple syrups can be as varied and diverse as any other food stuff. By mixing in spices, herbs, fruit—truly anything your little heart can imagine, you have instant flavored sweetener. And it’s not just for cocktails. Drizzle on a simple butter-rich pound cake for a seasonal flavor boost, pack several bottles onto an ice cream sundae bar for a (gluten-free) birthday celebration, add a splash to whipped cream for sweet spice, stir into your morning coffee or tea to cut out the mermaid-logoed middle man, or, yes, use it in all manner of cocktails for a tinge of sweet flavor.

In general, you can expect infused simple syrups (ones that extract flavor from herbs and spices before straining) to last up to 3 months—often longer (as long as it smells good, it tastes good). Syrups that incorporate purées or juices however, won’t last as long: more like 2–3 weeks. But just think of all the raspberry lemonades you can have in that amount of time!

Here’s a collection of some of our favorite simple syrups, from the spiced to the spicy to the floral to the herbal, and everything in between.

Rose Simple Syrup

Rose extract adds floral sweetness and a faint blush to this syrup which flavors a spicy rye cocktail.

Fresh Mint Simple Syrup

The ultimate in freshness, use this syrup to freshen a glass of lemon- or limeade, or whip it into cream for a dessert topping. Get the recipe for Fresh Mint Simple Syrup

Thai Chile Simple Syrup

This fiery Thai bird chile-white peppercorn syrup adds a a complex balance of sweet, spicy, and bitter notes to anything it touches. Try it in Khong River House‘s Bee’s Knees riff: The Killer B.

Rosemary–Clove Simple Syrup

We poured this syrup into a cocktail of pear purée, gin, and lemon juice, but you could even use it to add sweetness to a sauce that came out a bit too bitter after preparing a winter roast.

Maylay-Spiced Syrup

Cardamom and star anise add rich aroma to this syrup. Use it to sweeten yogurt or to add a spiced punch to mango lassis.

Blackberry-Lavender Syrup

Tart blackberries and floral dried lavender marry in this syrup—mix it into a gimlet or French 75. Get the recipe for Blackberry–Lavender Syrup

Black Pepper Syrup

Black peppercorns add serious earthy heat to this syrup which will prove a wonderfully surprising experience for anyone who drinks it. Use it to add depth to a vodka–grapefruit cocktail.

Lavender-Thyme Syrup

Lemon peel add citrus punch to this syrup—without introducing acid to the mix—while lavender adds a waft of floral undertones. Try it in the prescribed vodka lemonade.

Fennel Simple Syrup

Fennel seeds add an earthy, anise aroma to this syrup, which we used in an alcohol-free Fennel Apple Spritzer. You could use leftover fennel fronds to accomplish the same task, leading to a grassier finish.

Peach–Lemon Verbena Syrup

Sweet peaches and aromatic lemon verbena marry in this syrup, perfect for mixing into cocktails such as an old-fashioned or French 75. Get the recipe for Peach–Lemon Verbena Syrup

The Soul Train

This cocktail sees fragrant cardamom syrup stirred into tequila and citrus for complex east-meets-west-meets-east-meets-west sipper that seems as appropriate for summer as it does for winter. Get the recipe for The Soul Train »

Lemongrass Syrup

Fragrantly herbal and vaguely citrusy, stir lemongrass syrup into a mint julep for an exotic take on the classic. It’s also lovely drizzled over pound cake, tossed with a mango–papaya fruit salad, or used to sweeten a glass of iced tea.

Lemon Chamomile Syrup

Fragrant chamomile flowers and lemon peel marry in this syrup—mix it into a brandy smash or a collins, or simply with sparkling water for homemade lemon soda. Get the recipe for Lemon Chamomile Syrup

Beet Syrup

Add a boost of ruby red, earthy sweetness to smoothies, drizzle it over Greek yogurt served with poached pears, or mix it into a lush cocktail with Everclear and St. Germain.

Ginger Syrup

Infused with ginger and black pepper, this syrup makes a great homemade ginger beer: Just mix one part syrup to three parts soda water.

Rye Whiskey Simple Syrup

This boozy, flavorful simple syrup is a quick way to deepen the flavors while adding sweetness to almost any cocktail. Try it in this hickory infused Old Fashioned.

Cinnamon Simple Syrup

Great in fall cocktails, this flavored simple syrup is also wonderful drizzled over pancakes or stirred into coffee.

Spiced Pear Syrup

An essential ingredient in Zachary Stevens’ Eros Elixir, this spicy fruit syrup is infused with ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg and uses pear purée as its base liquid.

What Is Simple Syrup?

Simple syrup is a viscous sugary syrup that&aposs a staple for any mixologist. Simple syrup is the fastest way to add sweetness to cocktails, teas, and other beverages without using crystalized sugar that likely won&apost dissolve. If you drink iced tea, for example, and want it sweetened, simple syrup is a better way to sweeten it than table sugar. The sugar is unlikely to dissolve rapidly enough to make much of a sweetness difference.

It&aposs a drink maker&aposs friend, too. Use simple syrup to sweeten cocktails, like Watermelon Sangria and The Perfect Mai Tai, or homemade lemonades and other soft drinks.

But even bakers know how to make great use of simple syrup. It can be used to moisten cakes, candy fruits, and sweeten frozen treats, like snow cones, ice creams, and sorbets, like Peach and Pineapple Sorbet.


Simple Syrup

Simple syrup is a common ingredient in drink recipes, whether you’re making cocktails like French 75s and Mojitos or iced coffee. Don’t be tempted by bottled sweeteners if you can boil water, you can make simple syrup. It’s an easy step but an important one. By dissolving granulated sugar in hot water before adding it to cold beverages, you ensure an even distribution of sweetness without any gritty crystals left in the bottom of the glass. Here’s a go-to simple syrup recipe that will keep refrigerated for up to a month.More Recipes: Cocktail Party Recipes


Make a Simple Syrup for Cocktails, Coffee, and Other Drinks

Simple syrup is, as the name implies, very simple to make from scratch. It's also the most budget-friendly drink sweetener you'll find, costing just pennies per batch. Also known as "sugar syrup," the only ingredients you need are sugar and water, so anyone can do it.

Once you learn how easy it is, you'll discover just how essential it is to keep simple syrup in stock for your bar and kitchen. It's found in many mixed drink and cocktail recipes, and you can use it to sweeten your coffee, tea, and homemade lemonades and sodas. Since the sugar is already dissolved into the syrup, it's much easier to mix into cold beverages.

There are two primary simple syrup ratios. Rich simple syrup means that you're using more sugar than water to create a richer syrup. It has a 2:1 ratio and is sweeter and thicker. You can also make a simple syrup with equal parts (1:1) of sugar and water. It will be a little thinner, and it will add just a touch of sweetness to your drinks. The 1:1 syrup is nice for flavored syrups and primarily used by bartenders, so many cocktail recipes assume that's what you're using. If you prefer a rich syrup, know that you'll likely want to use about 1/4 ounce less than what the drink recipe calls for.

With either option, the recipe will yield between 1 cup and 1 1/2 cups of syrup. You can make as small or as large a batch as you wish, just keep the same proportions. Once done, store it in the refrigerator in a well-sealed bottle where it will keep for up to a month.


Simple syrup is ridiculously easy to make and since it lasts a while in the fridge, we can make one large batch and go back to it each time we want to make a cocktail.

For your basic simple syrup recipe, you only need two ingredients: water and sugar. The most common ratio for simple syrup is equal parts water to sugar. This doesn’t mean that you couldn’t make the syrup richer by using more sugar or leaner by using less sugar.

You can even play around when making simple syrup. Swapping white sugar for brown sugar makes a rich, almost caramel-like syrup that works well in cocktails like this Old Fashioned or our Lemon Drop Martini. Honey is also a nice idea, especially since just using honey in cocktails is tricky. Pure honey is thick and won’t dissolve into the cocktail.

By making a honey simple syrup, you thin out the honey while keeping the flavor. Another idea is to make a flavored simple syrup.

  • To make brown simple syrup, combine equal parts light or dark brown sugar with water. Bring it to a simmer and cook until the sugar has dissolved.
  • To make honey simple syrup, use a one-to-one ratio of honey and water to make a mild flavored honey syrup or increase the honey to two parts and mix with one part water for a stronger honey flavor. For honey syrup, experiment with different honeys. Clover honey is mild and sweet while orange blossom honey might be a nice touch for cocktails that call for citrus.
  • To make citrus flavored simple syrup, combine equal parts sugar and water then add citrus zest. Bring everything to a simmer. As the water simmers, the sugar will dissolve and the oils and flavor of the zest will seep out, making a citrus flavored simple syrup. A similar process works with spices — think whole cloves, star anise, and cinnamon.

Recipe updated, originally posted October 2011. Since posting this in 2011, we have tweaked the recipe to be more clear. – Adam and Joanne


Cherry simple syrup is so delicious and much like the rhubarb syrup, is a great way to capture the short growing season of this tasty fruit. I will actually use cherry simple syrup in my summertime marinades and BBq sauces for extra flavor. It is really delicious.

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Lavender Simple Syrup Recipe

Although this recipe was created to make an ingredient for cocktails, lavender-flavored simple syrup also tastes fantastic in certain green teas, some Ceylon black teas, and lemonades. Given the Victorian associations with lavender, it could also make an interesting sweetener for an afternoon tea party menu.


Lime Simple Syrup Recipe

Limes may be as popular as they are in the South, in part, because of the signature version that comes from the Florida Keys. Once you've tasted a slice of Key Lime Pie, you will certainly appreciate why. To keep with that fresh Southern citrus flavor, make this lime simple syrup to add sweetness and flavor to anything from iced tea to a homemade cocktail and to give a zesty kick of lime. We love to make this for guests to add to their favorite gin, vodka, or bourbon cocktails&mdashor for a luncheon to add to iced tea or limeade. If you&rsquore planning a party, make up a double batch and put it in a small glass pitcher with a label, making it easy for guests to pour in their highball glasses. It&rsquos incredibly easy to make (just add a few peels to your saucepan with sugar and water!), so we venture to guess you&rsquore going to be filing this one in the &ldquomost popular&rdquo section of your recipe book. You can use it in a fresh summer sangria, with watermelon, dry white wine, vodka, triple sec, lime simple syrup, lime, orange, and blueberries. It&rsquos refreshing and so delicious&mdashperfect for a summer party or cookout! Trust us, this is going to be your new secret weapon. Even better, this simple syrup will keep in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.


Base Recipe for Herb-Infused Simple Syrup

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup to 1 cup fresh herbs, washed (depending on the recipe)
  1. Combine water, sugar, and herbs in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring until sugar dissolves. Simmer for 1 minute.
  2. Remove from heat and let syrup steep, about 30 minutes.
  3. Pour syrup into a sterilized glass jar through a mesh strainer to remove herbs. Let cool store in the fridge for up to 1 month.

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The most efficient way to sweeten drinks is with simple syrup. By dissolving sugar in hot water before adding it to cold beverages, you ensure an even distribution of sweetness without any gritty crystals left in the bottom of the glass. Herbs or other aromatics can be steeped in the hot syrup in order to infuse another layer of flavor.

In this video, learn how to make plain simple syrup simply in the microwave and three flavored simple syrups with citrus peels, fresh ginger, dried spices, and fresh herbs. We explore a variety of sugar types used in syrups as well as sugar substitutes like honey and maple syrup.