It hit over 90 degrees here this weekend, meaning spring has finally hit! We may have one more cold snap, but things look good for the warm weather. I love icy beverages in the hot weather. Iced coffee, ice tea, lemonade, spritzers, iced chai… the list is endless! Simple syrup is just water thickened with dissolved sugar. Use it with lime for sour drink mixes, use it for daiquiris, mojitos, sangria – any summer drink, with or without alcohol. Basically, since the sugar is already dissolved, it blends easily into cold beverages. So you can finally have a sweet iced coffee without granules of sugar clumped on the bottom of the glass! Mix it with seltzer and a splash of orange juice for a really refreshing drink. I’ve mixed mine with cold water, fresh lemon juice, ice, and strawberries for a fabulous strawberry lemonade to help refresh me during spring cleaning.
I make mine with one cup of sugar and one cup of water. This makes about a cup and a half of syrup. For a thicker syrup, you can use two parts sugar to one part water. For a thinner syrup, which you might spread on an overdone cake to keep it moist, use more water than sugar. Put it into a clean container (I use a glass jar) and store it in the fridge. I generally use it within 1-4 weeks. While some folks argue it keeps much longer than that, because of the danger of bacteria, I prefer to be cautious.
Enjoy a sweet spring!