Drink Essentials: Kicked Up Simple Syrup

Andy Anderson !


If you make a lot of cocktails, you are probably familiar with simple syrup… You can buy it or make your own. Just bring 50% water, and 50% granulated sugar to a boil, remove from heat, cool, and there you go… simple syrup.

One of my cousins who works part-time at a few bars in London was over here last week, and we put our heads together on a few drink ideas. This is one of them.

So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.


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How to Make Drink Essentials: Kicked Up Simple Syrup


  2. I am doing two things different. I am using coconut sugar, in place of the white granulated variety, and I am adding some lime zest. This creates deep flavors, reminiscent of the islands.
  3. Gather your ingredients (mise en place).
  4. Zest 1/2 half a lime and reserve the juice for another recipe.
  5. Add the water to a small saucepan, then add the sugar, and zest.
  6. Whisk, and slowly bring up to the boil.
  7. Remove from the heat and allow to cool, about 30 minutes.
  8. Strain the zest from the liquid, discard, and store the simple syrup in a sealed jar in the fridge until ready to use. It should last 5 – 6 weeks.
  10. Use in any drink recipe that calls for simple syrup; especially those with a more tropical theme. Enjoy.
  11. Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

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About Drink Essentials: Kicked Up Simple Syrup

Course/Dish: Other Drinks
Main Ingredient: Sugar
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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