Once the warm weather rolls into the city, simple syrup becomes a staple in my refrigerator. By always having the syrup on hand, cocktails or a pitcher of lemonade can be perfectly sweetened on a moment's notice. Using a simple syrup ensures there is no grittiness in your drink, a sweet reward for a minimal amount of work.
makes about 1 cup
The ratio for simple syrup is easy to remember: one part water to one part granulated sugar. Use this ratio to create the exact amount of syrup you need, or, as I prefer, make a large batch to always have the syrup on-hand.
1 cup water
1 cup granulated sugar
Combine water and sugar in medium sauce pan over high heat. Stir occasionally to ensure sugar does not stick to the bottom of the pan and caramelize. Bring mixture to a boil and remove from heat. Allow to cool to room temperature, then transfer to an airtight container and place in the refrigerator. Simple syrup will keep up to one month.