5 Flavored Simple Syrup Recipes

Simple syrup, also known as sugar syrup, is super easy to make at home. As a liquid sweetener, it's perfect for cocktails, iced lattes, baked goods and more. You can even flavor simple syrup by infusing it with other ingredients. (DIY flavored seltzer, anyone?) Read on to learn how to make a basic simple syrup, along with five fun variations.

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Basic Simple Syrup Recipe

Things You'll Need

  • 1 cup water

  • 1 cup sugar

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Tip

One recipe makes about 1 cup of simple syrup. If you'd like to make a smaller or larger batch, simply divide or multiply the ingredients as needed. Just be sure to use equal parts of water and sugar.

Step 1

In a small pot over low heat, combine the water and sugar. Heat for 5 minutes, mixing occassionally until the sugar dissolves. Increase the heat and gently boil for 15 minutes.

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Step 2

Let cool. Transfer to a clean air-tight jar and store in the refrigerator for about 4 weeks.

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Berry Simple Syrup

Things You'll Need

  • 1 cup water

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

  • 2 cups berries of choice

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Step 1

Add the berries, water and sugar in a small pot over low heat. If using strawberries, slice them into fours.

Heat for 5 minutes, stirring occassionally until the sugar dissolves. Increase the heat and gently boil for 20 minutes. Mash the berries with a large fork.

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Step 2

Let cool. Strain into a bowl, pressing on the berries with a large spoon. You can save the berries for a smoothie or baked goods.

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Step 3

Transfer to a clean air-tight jar. Since the syrup is made with fresh berries, it will last for about 1 week in the refrigerator.

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Ginger Simple Syrup

Things You'll Need

  • 1 cup water

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 1/3 cup fresh ginger, thinly sliced

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Step 1

Over low heat, combine the water, sugar and ginger in a small pot. Heat for 5 minutes, mixing occassionally until the sugar dissolves. Increase the heat and gently boil for 15 minutes.

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Step 2

Let cool. Strain the syrup into a bowl.

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Step 3

Transfer to a clean air-tight jar. Store in the refrigerator for 1 week.

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Lavender Simple Syrup

Things You'll Need

  • 1 cup water

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 2 tablespoons dried culinary lavender

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Step 1

In a small pot over low heat, add the water, sugar and lavender. Heat for 5 minutes, mixing occassionally until the sugar dissolves. Increase the heat and gently boil for 15 minutes.

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Step 2

Let cool. Strain the syrup into a bowl.

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Step 3

Transfer to a clean air-tight jar. Store in the refrigerator for 1 week.

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Lemon Simple Syrup

Things You'll Need

  • 1 cup water

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 1 lemon

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Step 1

Zest the lemon. Take care to avoid the bitter white pith.

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Step 2

Juice the lemon and discard the seeds.

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Step 3

In a small pot over low heat, combine the water, sugar, lemon zest and lemon juice. Heat for 5 minutes, stirring occassionally until the sugar dissolves. Increase the heat and gently boil for 15 minutes.

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Step 4

Let the syrup cool. Strain into a bowl.

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Step 5

Transfer to an air-tight jar. Store in the refrigerator for 1 week.

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Cinnamon Simple Syrup

Things You'll Need

  • 1 cup water

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 4 cinnnamon sticks

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Step 1

Over low heat, combine the water, sugar and cinnamon sticks. Heat for 5 minutes, stirring occassionally until the sugar dissolves. Increase the heat and gently boil for 15 minutes.

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Step 2

Let cool and remove the cinnamon sticks. Transfer to a clean air-tight jar. Store in the refrigerator for 1 week.

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