Simple syrup is one of the most basic ingredients you will need when making cocktails. It’s great to have on hand even if your recipe doesn’t demand it to sweeten drinks, if when you taste them you find them too sour.

While you can buy commercially produced simple syrup, gomme or sugar syrup (all essentially the same) you can cheaply make it in the kitchen (at home or at work).

How to make Simple Syrup


  • Heat source (hob, stove, gas burner etc)
  • Sturdy pan
  • Large spoon (preferably wooden)
  • Container for your finished syrup
  • Funnel (optional)


  • 500ml Water
  • 1kg Sugar

How to make Simple Syrup:

  1. Heat the water to boiling point, either on the hob or boil in a kettle and then add to a pan.
  2. Once you have a rolling boil, add the sugar and stir into the boiling water.
  3. Keep stirring until the liquid becomes clear.
  4. Turn down the heat and simmer for 5 minutes stirring occasionally.
  5. After 5 minutes, turn off the heat and allow the syrup to cool naturally.
  6. Once at room temperature, pour the syrup into your container and mark with the production date.
  7. Refrigerate the syrup.

Additional information

I purposely didn’t specify the type of sugar to buy, because really you can use any kind. Granulated white sugar is the norm, but you can make the same recipe with unprocessed sugar, soft brown, demarera or whatever you prefer, but bear in mind that these will add some flavour to the syrup compared to a neutral sweetness that you will get from white processed sugar.

If you’d prefer to make a lower calorie version, you could even use a granulated sweetener, using the equivalent amount (500 grams of this would make it exceptionally sweet!).

Simple syrup will last a long time in your fridge, sugar has been used for years as a preservative in jams and the the likes, but just be sensible – I personally keep a bottle going for a couple of weeks, but *DISCLAIMER* I’m not giving you a “this will be safe for X amount of time” – be sensible, label the production date and use your common sense, if its gone a weird colour or smells funny, throw it out and make a fresh batch!

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