Simple Syrup Made Even Simpler: No Heat Required

Simple Syrup Made Even Simpler: No Heat Required

Simple syrup — that cocktail mixer of one part water to one part sugar — is so easy to make at home that you'd be crazy not to skip paying for it favour of boiling your own water, sugar, and optional flavorings. But if you don't have a heat source readily available and still need a little sweetener, we have a simple syrup method that's great in a pinch.

You'll need:

  • A clean, tight-lipped jar (I don't recommend using canning jars)
  • Granulated sugar (the finer the better)
  • The warmest water you can get out of the tap
  • Elbow grease
Simple Syrup Made Even Simpler: No Heat Required

Here's how to do it:

  1. Add equal parts water and sugar to your jar in your desired amount, making sure the jar is not more than 2/3 full. Seal the jar as tightly as possible.
  2. Shake the heck out of it continuously for 2 minutes.
  3. Return the jar to its upright position and carefully remove the lid. You're ready to make a mojito, gimlet or whatever else your heart desires!

Note that this method applies to regular simple syrup, which is one part sugar to one part water. Rich simple syrup — another variation of simple syrup that's two parts sugar to one part water — will also work if you double the shaking time to about 4 minutes. When making rich simple syrup, the sugar granules won't dissolve completely, but I've found for most applications that it works well enough.

Simple Syrup Made Even Simpler: No Heat Required

The syrup isn't quite as smooth and glossy as the kind you'd make over a pot on the stove (see the fast version on the left, next to the traditional version on the right, above), but it's a fantastic substitute if you need simple syrups for cocktails.


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