Simple Syrup

Simple syrup is a great all-purpose glaze for cakes and fruitcakes, adding moisture and a bit of sweetness. It's also a key element in certain mixed drinks. Looking for a simple recipe for simple syrup? You've found it.

Note: Don't expect this syrup to be thick and syrup-like; it's not. It's a bit thicker than water, though not much — which is exactly how it should be.
4 mins
4 mins
1 1/3 cups
Simple Syrup


  1. Place the sugar and water in a saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar.
  3. Simmer for 3 minutes, without stirring. Remove from the heat, and cool to room temperature.
  4. Store airtight in the refrigerator indefinitely.
  5. Yield: 1 1/3 cups.