Use simple syrup, also known as sugar syrup, to make of various cocktails and beverages that call for sugar. If you have concerns about sugar dissolving in your cocktail or other beverage, simple syrup solves that problem.

Things You'll Need

Pour water into a pot and place the pot on the stovetop.

Turn the stove onto high heat and bring the water to a rolling boil.

Add the sugar to the boiling water.

Stir the sugar and water mixture with a spoon to help dissolve the sugar.

Continue to cook and stir the mixture until all of the sugar has dissolved into the water and the mixture has a syrup-like consistency.

Remove the pot from the heat and allow the simple syrup to cool.

Transfer the simple syrup into a container and store the covered container in the refrigerator.

Use the simple syrup as needed in recipes or beverages.


  • Water has reached a rolling boil when it doesn’t stop boiling when you stir the mixture.

  • When the sugar and water mixture drips off a spoon in a stream, it has the correct syrup consistency for simple syrup.

  • Consider making more simple syrup than you need for a particular recipe or drink. You can store extra simple syrup in the refrigerator indefinitely and use it as needed in the future.