Rich Simple Syrup
Simple syrups are an efficient way to sweeten your cocktails without altering the flavour too much. A traditional simple syrup would consist of one part sugar and one part water (i.e. 1 cup of each). A rich simple syrup has double the amount of sugar, meaning 2 parts sugar and 1 part water (i.e. 2 cups of sugar and 1 cup of water). The amount of syrups made can be reduced or increased, as long as you keep to a 2:1 sugar to water ratio. What makes rich simple syrup useful is that you could use less in volume compared to a regular simple syrup, but still achieve the same amount of sweetness. This is also a great syrup to add extra texture to your cocktails, creating a thicker mouthfeel since it is also more viscous than traditional simple syrup. The standard is to use white granulated sugar for simple syrup for a more neutral sweetener, but you may also use other forms of sugar such as palm and demerara to add more depth of flavour.
- Water (½ cup)
- Sugar (1 cup)
- Using a saucepan, add water and bring heat up to medium-high.
- Heat up the water to a boil.
- Add the sugar.
- Stir until the sugar has dissolved.
- Remove from heat.
- Let the liquid chill at room temperature.
- Bottle, seal and refrigerate.
- Keep refrigerated. Keeps for 14 days.