Having a glass of iced lemon tea after a tiring day is one good way to refresh our minds. Isn’t it annoying to dissolve sugar in ice-cold beverages? You stir and stir to no avail. The answer to all your problems is simple – simple syrup!
First of all, what is simple syrup? Good Question. Simply put, it’s a sweetener made by combining equal parts granulated sugar and water. It sounds simple enough, doesn’t it? It is a sweet solution for your cocktails, desserts, and mojitos. It’s produced by combining water and sugar and heating it to the point where the sugar dissolves completely. The resulting solution is thick and syrupy. Whether you’re into cocktails, baking desserts, or mojitos, simple syrup is one of the easiest ways to add some extra sweetness.
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What is simple syrup made of?
From the name itself, simple syrup is made from a simple ingredient: sugar. Simple syrup also known as liquid sugar is a sweetener that comes in handy whenever you want to make some sweet drinks especially cold ones like cocktails, fruit juice, or other traditional beverages. It’s a pretty basic ingredient in bartending. It takes the place of sugar and water and gives cocktails a little more sweetness. It sounds like it doesn’t have many purposes to some people, but there are many applications for it. One of these applications is to use simple syrup as a sweetener for coffee drinks.
Whenever you go into any famous coffee shop, try to find the light brown liquid in a bottle or jar. That liquid is not honey, but the simple syrup that we talked about.
How to make simple syrup
To make simple syrup, you will need a 1:1 weight comparison between sugar (sugarcane) and water, for example, you may use 150 g of sugar and 150 g of water, or 500 g of sugar and 500 g of water.
Kindly follow these step to make simple syrup:
- Pour sugar and water into the pan, stir it.
- Adjust the stove heat to the medium level.
- Continue stirring it until the sugar is completely dissolved.
- You may add half a teaspoon of vanilla essence to enhance the aroma (optional).
- Wait until the solution has boiled for a couple of minutes and becomes thicker when you stir it.
- Turn off the heat.
- Pour into the glass jar, wait until cooled down to room temperature.
Voila, your simple syrup is done! You have to keep it in the refrigerator to prolong the expiration period.
- From 150 g of water and 150 g of sugar, you will have approximately 200 ml of simple syrup.
- The appearance of your simple syrup will be better if you use brown sugar instead of white.
- You may use more water than the 1:1 ratio to make simple syrup that is not too sweet.
- If you use more sugar than 1:1 comparison, you will easily get caramel at the bottom of your pan.
- If you are not stirring enough, there will be caramel at the bottom of the pan. Overcooking it will also have the same result.
How to use simple syrup?
The main use of simple syrup is to have your cold drinks sweeter. If you make hot coffee or tea, you may use brown sugar and stir it to make it done. When you want to make a cold beverage, it is harder to dissolve sugar in cold water. Therefore, the simple syrup will be your perfect companion to make your cold beverages, like your favorite cocktail, sweeter in just a second.
You will also need simple syrup whenever you make snacks or cakes from the middle east like baklava, kala jamun from India, and many more. Simple syrup blends with the dough evenly, giving a much better result than if you were to use sugar or other sweeteners.
Are you ready to make your first simple syrup? Give it a try and thank me later.