Simple Syrup with Variations
- 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.