Simple syrup

Simple syrup is a bar staple – here’s how to make it.

Add one part sugar to one part boiling water, stir until it dissolves, remove from heat, let cool (it will thicken slightly), then transfer to a clean bottle with a lid and refrigerate.

You can store it in the refrigerator for a month or so. Some recipes say it can be stored indefinitely; others say it will only keep for a week. In my experience, it lasts at least a few weeks. I did discover mold growing in a bottle one time, but that was after several months.

If you use superfine or baker’s sugar, you can dissolve equal parts of sugar into water pretty quickly – without heat. Just stir it up! Please do use filtered water.

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