By Mallory Ferland

Simple syrup is simply a combination of sugar and water boiled down to form a thick syrup. This syrup is used in creating liqueurs, added to cocktails as an already-dissolved sweetening agent or added to iced tea to create "sweat tea." Because the syrup contains a high quantity of sugar, it is somewhat self-preserving and can be stored at room temperature, in the refrigerator or in the freezer for varying amounts of time.

Because sugar is the primary ingredient in simple syrup, the mixture preserves fairly well in any location.

Step 1

Pour the simple syrup into a canning jar with a tight lid or into any other glass or plastic container that can be sealed with a lid. Place it on the counter or in the cupboard. When storing simple syrup at room temperature, try to use i[;as quickly as possible--less than a week is best because the syrup tends to crystallize. Simple syrup made in a 2-to-1 sugar-to-water ratio can last at room temperature longer than syrup made from a 1-to-1 ratio.

Step 2

Store the simple syrup in a sealing glass or container with a tight lid and place in the refrigerator. Simple syrup can be kept fresh in the refrigerator and used for up to one month.

Step 3

Pour the syrup into a locking freezer container that has a screw-tight of snapping lid. Close the lid lid tightly and place the container inside of a freezer zipping bag. Label the bag with the current date. Do not freeze glass jars--the expanding water could crack the jar and expose your syrup to freezer burn. The syrup can last in the freezer for as long as a year.