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How to Make Simple Syrup

How to Make Simple Syrup – An easy recipe for making bar-quality Simple Syrup at home to enjoy in all of your drinks. It’s perfect for customizing with your favorite flavors, like lavender and mint!

simple syrup with rosemary

Every home bartender needs to know a great recipe for how to make sweet Simple Syrups.

From classic cocktails like Mai Tais to fun, fruity Raspberry Mojitos, many of the best drinks – and mocktails! – are made with a sugary syrup to help balance the taste of the alcohol and other ingredients.

This recipe is terrific to use as a base to then customize with whatever flavors you like. Add fresh mint, rosemary, lavender, lemon, or any number of other ingredients to really enhance your favorite cocktails!

sugar, water, herbs

What Ingredients You Need

This recipe begins with just two basic ingredients:

  • Water
  • Granulated sugaror turbinado or demarara sugar, if you prefer

It’s just that – well, simple!

how to make simple syrup

How to Make Simple Syrup from Scratch

This easy 3 step process takes only about 5 minutes…

  1. First, in a small pot over medium heat combine water and sugar.
  2. Stir, and bring to a boil. Once it starts boiling, stir again and remove the pot from the heat. If making a Simple Syrup with herbs, this is when you add them to the hot liquid.
  3. Cool to room temperature in the pot before transferring to an airtight container.

Keep stored in the fridge for up to one month.

How to Make this Recipe with Honey

If you don’t want to use sugar in this recipe, you can easily substitute the sugar with honey. Mix 1 part honey to 1 part water. No need to heat. This method can be used with agave as well.

While honey syrup does have a lower glycemic index than granulated sugar, do note that it is slightly higher in calories.

liquid cooling

Different Flavor Options…

Below are just a few ideas for how to customize this basic recipe with lots of big flavors.

Lavender Simple Syrup

Add 4-6 sprigs of fresh lavender to the hot simple syrup. Let it sit for 12 hours to infuse. Once it has cooled to room temperature, refrigerate. Remove the lavender sprigs before using.

Use this lavender syrup to make a bright and tart Lavender Meyer Lemon Tom Collins Cocktail.

Mint Simple Syrup

Add 12-20 fresh mint leaves to the hot simple syrup. Let it sit for 12 hours to infuse. Once it has cooled to room temperature, refrigerate. Remove the mint leaves before using.

This mint syrup is fantastic for making a classic, refreshing Mint Julep.

Lemon Simple Syrup

Add 3-4 large pieces of lemon rind (peel) to the hot simple syrup, and allow to sit for 12 hours to infuse. Once it has cooled to room temperature, refrigerate. Remove the peel before using.

This lemon version adds a terrific kick of extra citrus to “The Champ” Bourbon Cocktail – Whiskey Sour.

Rosemary Simple Syrup

To the hot simple syrup add 2-4 sprigs of fresh rosemary. Let it sit for 12 hours to infuse. Once it’s cooled to room temperature, refrigerate. Remove the rosemary sprigs before using.

Use homemade rosemary syrup in this smoky, strong Rosemary Old Fashioned.

simple syrup with fresh herbs

How Do I Make Heavy Simple Syrup?

Some cocktail recipes call for a heavier syrup, so less liquid is involved. For this version use 2:1 ratio sugar to water. It will keep well for up to 6 months if stored in an airtight container in the fridge.

herb infused cocktail syrup

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How to Make Simple Syrup

Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 8 oz (1 cup)



  • Set a small saucepot over high heat. Add the water and sugar to the pot.
  • Stir and bring to a boil. Once boiling, stir, then remove from heat. (If infusing herbs, add them to the hot simple syrup.)
  • Cool to room temperature, then place in an airtight container.


Keep simple syrup in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 4 weeks.


Serving: 1oz, Calories: 97kcal, Carbohydrates: 25g, Sodium: 2mg, Sugar: 25g
Course: cocktail, Drinks
Cuisine: American
Author: Sommer Collier

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