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Simple Syrup with Flavoring Ideas

You can make any amount of simple syrup as long as you use equal parts sugar and water.

  • Yield: Makes 1 quart

Source: Martha Stewart Living, June 2002

Ingredients

  • 3 cups sugar
  • 3 cups water

Directions

  1. In a large saucepan, bring the sugar and the water to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until sugar has completely dissolved, about 10 minutes. Let cool. Use immediately, or transfer to an airtight container, and refrigerate up to two months.

Cook's Notes

To infuse simple syrup with tender herbs such as basil, mint, or tarragon sprigs, ladle syrup over 1/2 bunch of herbs and let steep at least 30 minutes (and up to 2 hours, depending on desired strength). For other flavorings, such as sliced fresh ginger, cinnamon sticks, strips of citrus peel, and vanilla bean, it helps to bring the syrup to a simmer with the aromatics first, before steeping. Strain syrup, discarding aromatics, before using.

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