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Simple Syrup

Simple Syrup

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 12 Makes 1 1⁄2 cups.

Because it is difficult to dissolve sugar in cold liquid, bartenders use simple syrup instead. It is easy to prepare and keeps 2 months or longer in the refrigerator.


  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar


In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, bring the water to a simmer. Add the sugar and stir until it completely dissolves. Remove the pan from the heat and set aside to cool to room temperature. Pour the syrup into a clean 1-pint bottle, cap it and refrigerate until ready to use.
Makes 1 1⁄2 cups.
Adapted from Williams-Sonoma Guides, The Bar Guide, by Ray Foley (Time-Life Books, 1999).