Simple Syrup with Variations

Makes about 8 oz. (1 cup)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water

Combine 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water in a small saucepan over medium-high heat; bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar. Remove from heat; cool 30 min. Store, covered, in the refrigerator.

Variations: When sugar is dissolved, add 4 oz. fresh peeled and thinly sliced ginger, 1/2 oz. fresh rosemary or 1/2 oz. fresh thyme stems. Bring to a simmer, then remove from heat; let steep 30 min. Strain syrup, discarding ginger or herbs, before storing in the refrigerator, covered.

Note: Use simple syrup to sweeten lemonade, iced or hot tea, coffee or hot chocolate; or use it to make cocktails.