Homemade Simple Syrup

Sugar syrup being poured into a cocktail garnished with lime.
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This easy recipe for simple syrup is a must-have for cocktail aficionados and home baristas. It takes less than 5 minutes to make and provides the perfect way to sweeten your favorite drinks!

  • Author: alexandra
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1/2 cups 1x
  • Category: diys and how-tos
  • Method: stovetop


  • 1 cup (198 grams) granulated sugar
  • 1 cup (227 grams) water, preferably filtered


Stovetop method:

  1. Combine sugar and water in a small saucepan set over medium-low heat. Cook just long enough for the sugar to dissolve completely into the hot water, stirring often - this should take about 5 minutes. Do not simmer or boil.
  2. Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature before using.

Microwave method:

  1. Combine sugar and water in a measuring glass and stir to combine. Microwave for 90 seconds.
  2. Stir again, microwaving for an additional 30 seconds as needed to ensure all of the sugar dissolves. Let cool before using.

No-Cook Method:

  1. Combine sugar and room temperature water in a glass bottle or jar. Seal tightly and shake vigorously for 3-5 minutes, or until the sugar has dissolved completely. The mixture may look cloudy at first, but should clear up after sitting for a few minutes.


Storage and Shelf Life:

  • Store in an glass bottle, jar, or similar airtight container in the refrigerator.
  • Simple syrup made with heat will keep for up to 1 month. No-heat simple syrup will keep for up to 2 weeks.

Rich Simple Syrup:

  • Double the amount of sugar for a richer, slightly thicker syrup. This will keep for 3-6 months.