Simple Syrup
How to make your own simple syrup for tea and cocktails
Casey Barber
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    • 1 cup granulated sugar
    • 1 cup water


Stir the sugar and water together in a 1- to 2-quart saucepan over medium low heat. Bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally, until the sugar dissolves completely.

When the syrup comes to a simmer, remove from the heat. Cool to room temperature before adding to drinks and cocktails. Variations: To flavor your simple syrup with fresh herbs like mint, basil, or rosemary, spices like cinnamon sticks, or even fresh fruit like strawberries, stir in a handful of your preferred add-ins (about 1 teaspoon spices or 3 tablespoons herbs or fruit) once the syrup has been taken off the heat. Cover and let the herbs or spices infuse the syrup for 30 minutes, then strain. Make-Ahead: Simple syrup can be stored up to 1 month in the refrigerator in an airtight container such as a mason jar.