Make Your Own Simple Sugar Syrup for Cocktails

by Mama Loves A Drink

Many of our recipes call for a simple sugar syrup for that added touch of sweetness. It’s easy to whip up a batch of sugar syrup in advance to be used in all your sweet cocktail recipes.

Sugar syrup is prefered in cocktails so you do not need to dissolve your sugar as you go and it does not leave you with a granulated texture. The more sugar you add, the thicker your syrup will be. Here’s exactly how to do it!

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Simple sugar syrup

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Tools you will need for making sugar syrup

  • Saucepan
  • Stirring spoon
  • Measuring cup
  • Airtight jars for your finished syrup

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Yield: Approx 125ml or 4 fl oz

Simple sugar syrup

A simple sugar syrup boiling in a pan

An easy recipe to make a simple sugar syrup for sweetening your cocktails

Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 14 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 1/2 cup caster sugar
  • 1/2 cup water


  1. Add the sugar and water to a small saucepan over medium heat
  2. Stir until the sugar is completely dissolved (the longer you boil it for the thicker your syrup will be when cooled)
  3. Let it cool before pouring into a sterile, airtight glass container


It's easy to change your quantities if you'd like a bigger batch. The standard recipe calls for 50/50 sugar to water but you can, of course, make it a little sweeter by simply adding more sugar.

Storing your sugar syrup

Once cooled, you should store in a sterile airtight jar or jug immediately and keep refrigerated. Your sugar syrup should keep you happy cocktail making for up to a month.

Why not try sugar syrup in one of these recipes

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