How to Make Simple Syrup for Cocktails and Drinks

A bottle of simple syrup.

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Simple syrup is quick and easy to make, and can be used to add sweetness - without flavor - to cocktails, mocktails, coffee, and a variety of other drinks.


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  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup water


Heat 1 cup of water in a small pot over medium-high heat. 

Bring the water to a near-boil. Remove from heat. Add 1 cup sugar. 

Stir until the sugar has completely dissolved and no sugar crystals remain.

Allow the mixture to come to room temperature, then pour the syrup into a glass, airtight container. 

Cover and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.