What Syrups Should I Have For Cocktails At Home?

Hello you home mixologist you.

You keep seeing your favorite classic cocktail recipes call for some syrups. In your pursuit of perfecting home mixology, you've decided to start making your own cocktail syrups.

Homemade cocktail syrups are a great way to up your mixology game and add a bit of your flavor preferences with ease. 

 

 

What Syrups Should I Have For Cocktails At Home?

From simple syrup to cinnamon syrup to fruit syrups, this is your comprehensive guide to the basics of cocktail syrup creation.

Simple Syrup

You will need:

  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 cup of white sugar

Boil distilled water in a small saucepan. Once the water is boiling, remove the pan from heat and add in the white sugar. Stir the sugar until all of the sugar has dissolved.

Let the mixture cool. Pour the mixture into a clean glass container and store it in your fridge until it's time to mix.

If you were expecting a more difficult process, sorry to disappoint. It's literally just sugar and water.

All your friends sounding sophisticated with their homemade simple syrup creations have been fooling you. Sorry you had to find out from a sarcastic internet blog. :'(

Rich Simple Syrup

You will need:

  • 1 cup of water
  • 2 cups of white sugar

Repeat the same exact process above. This is just hella sweeter. It's literally 2 parts sugar for every 1 part water. The diabetes are calling.

Demerara Syrup/Turbinado Syrup

This uses the same recipes as above but uses turbinado sugar instead of white sugar. This syrup tastes a bit more like caramel than just straight liquid sugar. But don’t let that fool you. It’s literally liquid sugar. 

Flavored Simple Syrups

All of the following recipes start with simple syrup. So just follow either the Simple Syrup or Rich Simple Syrup instructions based on how sweet you want your flavored syrups.

If you live with a caramel mocha double pump white chocolate frappe no espresso kinda girl, probably go with the rich simple syrup.

After you have added the flavor ingredient, wait until the syrup has cooled. Once the syrup has cooled, you should pour it into a clean glass container using a fine mesh metal strainer. Put it in your fridge until you need it to mix.

Ginger Syrup

Add 2 tablespoons of fresh, finely grated ginger to the hot simple syrup mix once the sugar has dissolved. Continue to stir until well mixed.

Orange Syrup

Add half a cup of grated orange zest to the hot simple syrup mix once the sugar has dissolved. Continue to stir until well mixed.

Mint Syrup

Add half a cup of fresh mint leaves to the hot simple syrup mix once the sugar has dissolved. Continue to stir for a minute.

Basil Syrup

Add half a cup of fresh basil leaves to the hot simple syrup mix once the sugar has dissolved. Continue to stir for a minute.

Vanilla Syrup

Add a vanilla bean to the hot simple syrup mix once the sugar has dissolved.

Lemon Syrup

Add half a cup of grated lemon zest to the hot simple syrup mix once the sugar has dissolved. Continue to stir until well mixed.

Lime Syrup

Add half a cup of grated lime zest to the hot simple syrup mix once the sugar has dissolved. Continue to stir until well mixed.

Cinnamon Spice Syrup

Add one tablespoon of ground cinnamon sticks to the hot simple syrup mix once the sugar has dissolved. Continue to stir until well mixed.

Clove Syrup

Add one tablespoon of ground cloves to the hot simple syrup mix once the sugar has dissolved. Continue to stir until well mixed.

Tea Syrup

When creating your simple syrup, replace the water with strongly made tea. Any tea will work. Just depends on how weird you want to get with it. Many prefer to specifically use Hibiscus tea.

 

 

You've got two weeks

With all of these simple syrups made, your home bar is stocked with ingredients for cocktails. So pull out those bar tools, and start practicing your home bartending. Simple syrups have about two weeks to a month of freshness.

So start mixing. Your mixing glasses aren't going to make drinks by themselves.

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