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  • Writer's pictureGemma Nicholas

Simple syrup recipe

Updated: May 16, 2021

Simple syrup is just that, simple! It can be used for all sorts of desserts, cakes and cocktails. I always have a batch made in the fridge as it keeps for ages and it makes those Friday night whiskey sours even easier to whip up!

Simple syrup is made with equal quantities of water and sugar (1:1), so it’s super easy to change the amount depending on what you need.


100ml water

100g sugar (granulated or caster)

Special equipment needed



1. Add water and sugar to a small saucepan

2. Heat on a medium heat, stirring until the sugar is all dissolved

3. Leave it to cool

4. If you’re not using it straight away, pour into an airtight container and store in the fridge

Flavour variations

Want to jazz it up? Add something to flavour your simple syrup at the same time as the water and sugar. Leave it to infuse as it cools and then strain before using/storing. You can use citrus zest, tea, whole fresh spices like ginger or lemongrass, or whole dried spices like vanilla pod, cinnamon stick, or cardamom pods.

Alternatively, you can add flavoured extracts, edible essential oils or even cordials!

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