Simple Syrup Recipe | The Stay At Home Chef

Simply syrup is that sweet little secret behind your favorite drinks and desserts, often grabbed off the grocery shelf without a second thought. But here’s the kicker: making it at home is so easy and cost-effective, it almost feels silly to buy it. With equal parts water and sugar, you can make your own batch in minutes, adding that perfect touch of sweetness – without the grit – to your morning coffee, homemade cocktail or mocktail, or refreshing lemonade. It’s a simple recipe that makes a big impact.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Ready in only a few minutes with minimal effort.
  • Perfect for sweetening your favorite beverages.
  • Can be stored for up to 1 month.
  • Dissolves smoothly in cold drinks, unlike granulated sugar.
A small glass bowl with simple syrup.

How to Flavor Simple Syrup

  • Mint: Add a cup of fresh mint leaves while the syrup is simmering. Perfect for mojitos or iced tea. Strain out all mint leaves before bottling and storing your syrup.
  • Vanilla: Stir in one whole vanilla bean or a teaspoon of vanilla extract after removing the syrup from heat for a sweet, aromatic touch. If using a whole vanilla bean, remove and discard it before bottling and storing your syrup.
  • Cinnamon: Include a cinnamon stick during the cooking process for a warm, spiced flavor ideal in fall and winter beverages. Remove and discard cinnamon stick before bottling and storing your syrup.

How to Use Simple Syrup


  • Coffee and Tea: Say goodbye to undissolved sugar grains. A splash of simple syrup blends smoothly into your hot or iced coffees and teas, offering the perfect sweetness with every sip.
  • Cocktails and Mocktails: Whether you’re shaking up a classic mojito, stirring a sophisticated old fashioned, or mixing a refreshing lemonade mocktail, simple syrup dissolves effortlessly, balancing acidity and adding depth.


  • Desserts: Drizzle simple syrup over fresh fruit for a light, sweet glaze. It’s also ideal for moistening cakes before frosting, ensuring every bite is as tender as the first.
A small bowl filled with sugar and a glass measuring cup filled with 2 cups of water.


  • If the syrup crystallizes, gently reheat until the sugar dissolves again.
  • For syrups that are too thick, add a little more water and heat until the desired consistency is reached.
  • If your syrup is too thin, simmer for a few minutes longer to reduce and thicken.

Tips From the Chef

  • Always use a clean, dry container for storage to extend shelf life.
  • Cool the syrup completely before sealing to prevent condensation and crystallization.

Storage Instructions

Store it in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 1 month. For longer storage, freeze in an ice cube tray and transfer cubes to a freezer bag, thawing as needed.

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