Recipe: Simple Syrup and Strawberry Syrup

Let's start with the building blocks, shall we? Simple syrup is just that: Really effing simple. I'll show one way to jazz it up a bit at the end of the post (hint-hint: we'll be using this jazzy syrup in upcoming recipes).

Standard simple syrup is:

1 part water + 1 part sugar + heat

You can use more water (light syrup) or more sugar (heavy syrup) depending on what you need, but my recipes will call for a standard 1:1 ratio syrup unless otherwise noted.

Simple syrup ingredients. Recipe: saragalactica.com. Photo by a.hhh. on Flickr.
Simple syrup ingredients. Recipe: saragalactica.com. Photo by a.hhh. on Flickr.

You'll need:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar

Tools:

  • Spoon for stirring (I recommend metal or wood to prevent melting plastics in the case your heat gets out of hand)
  • Pan for heating
  • Jar for keeping
Combining water and sugar.
Combining water and sugar.

This is how we do it:

  1. Combine sugar and water in a pan. Sugar won't dissolve all the way until heat joins the party, so don't worry about that yet.
  2. Cook over medium heat, stirring often.
  3. Bring just to a boil, and then remove from heat. Allow syrup to cool completely before using.
  4. Store any leftover simple syrup in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Now that you know how to make a basic syrup, let's make it sexy by adding some strawberries.

Strawberry Syrup Recipe

All photos by Andrea Holodnick.

Strawberries.
Strawberries.

Ingredients:

  • Simple Syrup (complete to Step 2 above)
  • 2 cups fresh strawberries, sliced
Sliced strawberries.
Sliced strawberries.

South Central does it like nobody does:

1. Add sliced strawberries to your simple syrup mixture (sugar should be completely dissolved).

Strawberries in simple syrup.
Strawberries in simple syrup.

2. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. 3. Reduce heat to a simmer, and let those strawberries work their delicious magic (about 10 minutes on low heat). 4. Remove pan from heat, mash strawberries a bit (I used a potato masher here).

Mashed strawberries.
Mashed strawberries.

5. Strain. Cool. Refrigerate in a jar for up to 1 week.

Strained strawberry syrup.
Strained strawberry syrup.

Tune-in tomorrow for a cocktail recipe that uses strawberry simple syrup: "A Study in Pink," a BBC Sherlock-inspired bit of yum!

Strawberry syrup.
Strawberry syrup.

Actual out.