Simple Syrup Recipe

Simple syrup takes all the pressure off getting your iced tea to that perfect sweetness! This simple syrup recipe is for an easy homemade sweetener that makes a fantastic addition to already-made iced tea.

Simple Syrup
Simply the easiest way to sweeten a cold beverage.

Are you catering to a mixed crowd of taste buds? With simple syrup you can make just one batch of tea that each person can sweeten to his or her individual taste.

Simple Syrup vs. Sugar

If you've ever poured a sugar packet into a glass of iced tea, you know that granulated sugar does not dissolve well in cold liquids. You're left with still-not-sweet tea and a pile of sugar at the bottom of the cup! Simple syrup, however, does dissolve because it's already in liquid form. It won't give your drink a gritty texture and there's no sugar swirling around in the bottom of your glass!

Simple Syrup Ingredients
sugar + water: that's all!

The best part of this syrup is that it is - as the name implies - simple. So simple that you only need two ingredients and a few minutes to make it. Really!

Simple Syrup Recipe

Makes 3/4 cup of syrup.

What You'll Need:

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar


  1. Combine sugar and water in a medium saucepan. Heat to a boil.

  2. Stir until sugar has dissolved.

  3. Remove from heat and let cool. Store in the refrigerator.

This recipe makes about 3/4 cup of syrup. Because it is equal parts sugar and water, you can easily scale it to the desired amount. And yes, you're right, simple syrup is just a fancy name for sugar water.

Make it now, use it later

Simple syrup keeps well so you can make a big batch and leave it in the fridge for when it's needed. Just store it in an empty soda bottle or a glass jar. For a more attractive presentation, try an olive oil dispenser or a cream pitcher. And you don't have to use it only for tea. Simple syrup works well for sweetening iced coffee, cocktails, and other cold beverages.

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