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Saturday, January 21, 2006

Simple Syrup

Have you ever tried making a mixed drink that required you sweetening it with sugar? Did you end up with all the sugar at the bottom of the glass? This is where simple syrup comes into play.

There are two popular ways of making simple syrup. Try them both and see which one you like the best:

  1. In a saucepan, mix equal amounts sugar and water. If you put in 2 cups sugar, then put in 2 cups water. Bring to a simmer and occassionally stir it until the liquid is clear and the granules are gone. Remove from heat and let it cool. Place into some type of sealed pouring container and keep it in the refridgerator. This mixture will keep well in the refridgerator for a few weeks.

  2. In a bottle that can be capped off, fill halfway with superfine sugar and then fill the rest of the bottle up with water. Shake the mixture for at least a full minute or until most of the sugar is dissolved. The liquid will look cloudy. Wait until it clears and then give it another minute long shake. Store this mixture in the refridgerator. Be sure to give it another good shake each time before using it.
There you go. Use simple syrup in place of sugar and you'll have a perfectly sweetened drink without the mess at the bottom of your glass.

Mr. Martini

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