Bake

Customizable Simple Syrup

August  6, 2017
4.4
14 Ratings
Photo by James Ransom
  • Makes about 1 cup
Author Notes

See step 2 for instructions on making flavored simple syrup. —Emma Laperruque

Ingredients
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
In This Recipe
Directions
  1. Bring water to a boil in a small saucepan. Turn off the heat. Add the sugar and stir until completely dissolved. Refrigerate and chill completely before using. If you are flavoring the syrup, let the mixture infuse for 24 hours before straining and using.
  2. - Coffee or tea: Substitute strongly brewed coffee or tea for the water.

    - Ginger: Add 6 (or more!) inches ginger, peeled and sliced into coins, with the sugar.

    - Herbal: Add a big handful of fresh basil or mint leaves or 3 sprigs fresh rosemary with the sugar. (If you’re using basil or mint, infuse for 30 minutes, then strain and chill.)

    - Citrus: Add the peels from 1 lemon, 1 lime, 1 small orange, or 1/2 grapefruit with the sugar.

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Emma was the food editor at Food52. She created the award-winning column, Big Little Recipes, and turned it into a cookbook in 2021. These days, she's a senior editor at Bon Appétit, leading digital cooking coverage. Say hello on Instagram at @emmalaperruque.

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