The other day, though, we were in a coffee shop and we saw simple syrup for sale. And we thought, Pshaw! A person can make simple syrup in five minutes for about five cents.
The science behind simple syrup is this: in hot beverages like coffee and tea, sugar granules dissolve quickly thanks to the heat. In cold beverages, however, like lemonade, iced tea, and a plethora of cocktails, the sugar doesn't quite dissolve, settling at the bottom in a gritty film. Either that or you have to stir until your arm falls off.
So, since summer is not technically over yet and there are still cold drinks to be had, we're going to tell you how we make simple syrup.
Rating: 1/8 assed
Here's what you need and how you do it
2 cups granulated sugar
2 cups water
Mix in a sauce pan. Stirring almost constantly, bring to a boil. The longer you boil your syrup, the thicker it will become. Turn off heat and let cool. Once cooled, pour into a cute bottle or jar. We used an old Trader Joes' olive oil bottle that we cleaned and from which we soaked the labels.
Store in refrigerator.
Here are just a few ways to use your simple syrup:
Strawberry Mojito from White on Rice Couple
Perfect Lemonade from Simply Recipes
Laughter in the Rain from Martha Stewart (A cocktail we particularly need here in Seattle.)