How To Make Just Enough Cocktail Syrup

It's nice to have a well-stocked home bar, complete with all of the accessories and accouterments, but if you don't want a bunch of syrups crowding your fridge, you can make just the amount you need using your microwave.

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3-Ingredient Happy Hour: The Bee's Knees

Happy weekend, and welcome back to 3-Ingredient Happy Hour, the weekly drink column featuring super simple yet delicious libations. This week I want to talk about a sweet and sour, classic cocktail that's perfect for refined patio sipping: The Bee's Knees.

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As a drinker of cocktails who happens to have a tiny fridge, I find this especially helpful (and don't know why it never occurred to me before last week). By switching from the stovetop to the microwave, you can reduce your volume of syrup from a cup or two to just a few tablespoons.

Just add your sugar (or honey) and water to a mug, nuke it for 30 seconds, and stir. Half a minute is usually enough time to get everything into solution but, if it isn't, just keep microwaving in five-second intervals, stirring in between each one. In terms of ratios, I like to do 1:1 white sugar and water for simple syrup, 2:1 turbinado sugar and water for demerara syrup, and 1:1 honey and water for honey syrup, but feel free to play around with those ratios to suite your personal preference.


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