21 Easy Simple Syrup Recipes: Different Variations to Combine With Mocktails

Simple syrup is just equal parts granulated sugar and water, which more than lives up to its name. Boiling water is the main event in simple syrup recipes.

Homemade simple syrup can be infused with fresh herbs like lavender, mint, or rosemary. Although it can be used as a sweetener in cooking and baking, cocktails and mocktails are where it’s most frequently found. 

Make simple syrup at home instead of buying it from the store using certain ingredients that you might already have.

Sugar Syrup Recipe

Simple syrup has two main ingredients: White sugar and water. Simple syrup can be used to make sorbet, sweeten tea and lemonade, and maintain the moistness of cakes.

sugar simple syrup recipes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup water

Instructions

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar and water. 
  2. Over medium heat, bring to a boil while stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Let it cool.
  3. Store in the refrigerator for up to a month after pouring it into a clean jar and covering it with a tight-fitting lid.

Rosemary Simple Syrup

Rosemary simple syrup can often be added to drinks, including non-alcoholic Rosemary’s Pear, French Tart, and Rio Rose. You can infuse simple syrups with anything, so get creative and craft your flavors!
Course Drinks

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 7 sprigs of rosemary

Instructions
 

  • Boil the water.
  • Stir in sugar and let it melt.
  • The rosemary sprigs should be added after the sugar melts.
  • Remove from heat and let steep for 30 minutes – 1 hour, depending on how strong you prefer.
  • Strain the room temp syrup into an airtight container, preferably made of glass.
  • Enjoy as soon as it's room temp. Refrigerate for up to a month.
Keyword Rosemary Simple Syrup

Lavender Simple Syrup

Lavender simple syrup is great to give a range of beverages a floral fragrance with a hint of sweetness. Like the non-alcoholic lavender martini, mocktails will benefit from its aromatic sweetness. Add some to your tea or lemonade for a floral twist, drizzle it on top, or make your lavender soda by adding seltzer

lavender simple syrup recipes

 Try this lavender simple syrup recipe from The Spruce Eats would.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. In a saucepan, bring the lavender and water to a boil.
  2. Add the sugar and whisk until it is completely dissolved.
  3. Simmer for about 15 minutes or so.
  4. Once the flavor is to your liking, turn off the heat and let it cool and steep for at least an hour. 
  5. The lavender should be strained. 
  6. Place the bottle of lavender syrup in the fridge after pouring it. 
  7. Enjoy your favorite drinks after adding this lavender simple syrup to them.

Mint Simple Syrup

Mint simple syrup is simple to create and as it uses the conventional simple syrup method, and you can change the part sizes to get the volume you want. Once your mint simple syrup is prepared it can be incorporated into any drink to give it a minty, refreshing kick, like mocktail Mojitos with a non-alcoholic rum alternative and non-alcoholic Mint Juleps. The only limits are set by your creativity and for how long your mint supply will last.

mint simple syrup recipes

Ingredients

  • ½ cup turbinado sugar
  • ¾ cup fresh mint leaves
  • ½ cup boiling water

Instructions

  1. Mint leaves and sugar should be combined in a heat-resistant basin.
  2. Once the water is boiling, add the sugar and whisk until it dissolves.
  3. Mint leaves should be steeped for 15 minutes.
  4. Strain into a jar, cover, and store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

Honey Simple Syrup

Simple syrup made with honey tastes fantastic and is a nutritious substitute for ordinary simple syrup. It also works as a quick fix to loosen up old, too-thick honey for use in vinaigrettes, marinades, and mocktails.

honey simple syrup recipes

Feasting At Home advises altering your measurements and adding a little more honey than is required because the honey is diluted.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup honey
  • ½  – 1 cup warm water

Instructions

  1. Place honey and warm water in a clean squeeze bottle, cover the opening with your finger, and shake vigorously.
  2. If your honey is particularly dense and/or hard, blend it with the water in a small pot over very low heat while stirring constantly. 
  3. Pour into a squeeze bottle after cooling.

Vanilla Simple Syrup

Simple syrup infused with vanilla is a tasty homemade sweetener that can be used for various beverages, including coffee and mocktails. Adding it to your after-lunch espresso is just what you need to get you through your afternoon meetings.

vanilla simple syrup recipes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (62.5 g) water
  • 1 cup (200 g) granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Add water and sugar to a medium saucepan set over medium-high heat.
  2. Stir and bring to a boil for 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. Add vanilla extract after removing from the heat, and stir to blend.
  4. Give the syrup time to cool. After that, put it in an airtight container and keep it in the fridge. 
  5. This vanilla simple syrup can produce roughly 112 cups.

Ginger Simple Syrup

Simple syrup infused with fresh ginger This fresh ginger simple syrup will give your mocktails, lemonade, and homemade sodas the ideal spice kick!  Fresh ginger is added to a traditional simple syrup and steeped in before being blended to produce an even more flavorful simple syrup than merely infusing a can.

ginger simple syrup recipes

We love this ginger simple syrup recipe by Burrata and Bubbles.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup fresh ginger root peeled and chopped into 1-inch pieces

Instructions

  1. Add the water, sugar, and ginger to a small pan. 
  2. Over medium-high heat, bring to a boil while stirring regularly to dissolve the sugar.
  3. Turn off the heat after it boils and the sugar has dissolved, then let it steep for at least 15 minutes.
  4. Fill a blender with the entire contents of the pot, and blend until smooth. (You may skip the blending step and just steep and strain if you like a softer ginger flavor, but a stronger, spicy ginger flavor in the syrup makes it stand out more in drinks when you add other components.)
  5. Put a basin underneath a fine-mesh sieve in the sink. Blender contents should be poured into the sieve to separate liquid from particles. 
  6. Let your ginger simple syrup cool by keeping it in the refrigerator in an airtight container. 
  7. Shake before using. Enjoy!

Strawberry Simple Syrup

Simple syrup made with strawberries is perfect for baking and mocktails. The simplicity of this 3-ingredient syrup is what makes it so perfect. Just use 8 ounces of strawberries, 1 cup of water and 1 cup of granulated sugar.

strawberry simple syrup recipes

Fifteen Spatulas recommends using this in strawberry iced tea.

Ingredients

  • 8 oz strawberries, stems removed and sliced (1.5 cups, measured)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar

Instructions

  1. Strawberries, water, and sugar should all be combined in a pan over medium-high heat.
  2. Cook for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is deep red and the strawberries are mushy. 
  3. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer.
  4. Avoid pressing down on the strawberries as you strain them from the simple syrup. If not, your syrup will be hazy.
  5. Enjoy the strawberry simple syrup after chilling it in the refrigerator for a few hours or until it is cold.

Lemon Simple Syrup

Lemons, lemons, lemons.  This lemon simple syrup recipe only calls for two whole ingredients, lemon and sugar. The most common ingredients in your kitchen. The best part? Lemons include a lot of fiber and vitamin C and may also assist in controlling your blood pressure. One of our favorite ways to use lemon simple syrup is in our Summer Shandy Mocktail.

lemon simple syrup recipes
lemon simple syrup

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 large lemons 1 cup lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Juice and zest the lemons. Keep pulp. Remove seeds (important).
  2. To a small pot, add sugar and lemon juice. Let the mixture softly boil over medium heat. Stir regularly to ensure that the sugar dissolves in the lemon juice (and prevent burning the pan bottom).
  3. When the syrup thickens, reduce and then simmer for around 10 minutes.
  4. After allowing the lemon mixture to cool, strain it. This will remove residual lemon pulp and catch any seeds that may have inadvertently fallen in. 
  5. Let cool slightly then place the syrup in a refrigerator-safe bottle or container after pouring it there.

Sugar-Free Simple Syrup

Making Keto Sugar-Free Syrup

Sugar-free simple syrup is a low-carb version of simple syrup and is perfect for adding to beverages and mocktails! It’s made with only three ingredients (water, granulated sweetner like allulose and xanthan gum) and is ideal for non-alcoholic beverages. There are only 2 grams of net carbohydrates in each serving of this keto simple syrup recipe from The Big Man’s World

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup granulated sweetener of choice. I used allulose
  • ⅛ teaspoon xanthan gum

Instructions

  1. The granulated sweetener and water should be combined in a small pot and heated slowly. Whisk the mixture frequently until the sweetener dissolves. 
  2. After the syrup starts to simmer, mix in the xanthan gum and turn off the heat.
  3. Before pouring the syrup into a glass bottle or jar, let it cool fully.

Cinnamon Simple Syrup

Use cinnamon simple syrup to make homemade versions of your favorite coffee shop traditional mocktails, or drizzle it over ice cream. The cinnamon flavor can be obtained from cinnamon sticks or ground cinnamon. MasterClass says that the latter produces a stronger flavor faster.  

cinnamon simple syrup recipes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar (white sugar or brown sugar)
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Combine the water, sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla essence in a small saucepan over medium-high heat.
  2. Bring the mixture to a boil. 
  3. Boil the syrup for 30 seconds or until the sugar is dissolved.
  4. Put the ground cinnamon in a measuring cup with a spout after straining it (or leaving it in the syrup).
  5. The homemade cinnamon syrup should be stored in the refrigerator after being transferred to an airtight container, such as a jar with a cover.

Blueberry Simple Syrup

Simple syrups can easily be flavored with fresh fruit, especially in the summer when berries are in season. This method by A Flavor Journal works well for creating concentrated, small-batch homemade blueberry syrup for mocktail recipes!

blueberry simple syrup recipes

Ingredients

  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • 8 oz. fresh blueberries
  • pinch of salt (Sea Salt or Kosher)

Instructions 

  1. Half a cup each of sugar and water should be added to a small pot set over medium heat. Two minutes of stirring is required for the sugar to dissolve.
  2. Stir the blueberries in the sugar water after adding the cup of blueberries and a dash of salt to the saucepan.
  3. Set the heat to medium-low. 
  4. For about 10 minutes, let the blueberries simmer over low heat. Avoid stirring them.
  5. Turn off the heat and remove the pot. Allow the blueberries and syrup to cool completely to room temperature in the saucepan.
  6. Pour the syrup through a fine mesh filter into a glass container that has been sterilized. In the strainer, avoid pressing down on the berries.
  7. The blueberries should be thrown away (or save for smoothies or milkshakes).

Jalapeño Simple Syrup

Jalapeño simple syrup only requires three items. Jalapeño, sugar and water are all the ingredients that are needed to produce this homemade jalapeño simple syrup from We Are Not Martha, and it’s incredibly simple to do!

jalapeño simple syrup recipes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ⅓ cup sliced jalapeño (from 1-2 jalapeño peppers)

Instructions

  1. Bring to a boil the water and sugar in a medium saucepan. Add thinly chopped jalapeños.
  2. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 10 minutes or more until the syrup thickens. 
  3. Pour the mixture into a heat-resistant bowl or mason jar (strain the peppers to reduce the spice). 
  4. Before using, put the bowl or jar in the refrigerator to chill. 

Cranberry Simple Syrup

Cranberry simple syrup, tart and vibrant, enlivens everything it touches, from your morning cup of tea to some of your favorite traditional mocktails. Cranberry simple syrup is simple to create and ideal for the holiday season with only three ingredients. You guessed it; cranberries, sugar and water.

cranberry simple syrup recipes

Making this simple syrup recipe from Casual Foodist at home couldn’t be simpler, and flavoring it is a terrific way to upgrade your favorite beverages and treats. 

Ingredients

  • 1 12 oz bag cranberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 1 cup sugar

Instructions

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the water, sugar, and cranberries. Heat to a simmer. 15 minutes of simmering is required to dissolve the sugar and soften the cranberries completely.
  2. Through a filter with fine mesh, pour the mixture. 
  3. Serve the syrup as desired after pouring it into glass containers.

Basil Simple Syrup

You can use basil simple syrup to add flavor to iced tea, basil lemonade, mixed non-alcoholic drinks, and basil popsicles.  The flavorful basil transforms an often uninteresting beverage by adding a lovely flowery accent to the simple syrup. 

basil simple syrup recipes

Recreate this basil syrup recipe from Keeping It Simple and savor it for several weeks.

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups of water
  • 1 ½ cups of sugar
  • large bunch of fresh basil leave

Instructions

  1. Over medium heat, add water and sugar to a medium pot.
  2. The mixture must be heated until the sugar dissolves.
  3. When the sugar has dissolved, turn off the heat, stir in the fresh basil leaves, and cover with a lid.
  4. While the basil leaves are steeping in the simple syrup, allow cooling.
  5. Once the syrup has cooled, take out the basil leaves and transfer them to a jar for either immediate use or refrigeration.

Blackberry Simple Syrup

Use tart blackberries to make blackberry simple syrup. Flavor lemonade, Italian sodas, and non-alcoholic beverages.

blackberry simple syrup recipes

If you recently bought some blackberries but were way too tart just to eat plain, you can use some of them to make this blackberry simple syrup. This simple syrup from For The Love Of Cooking can 

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh blackberries
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Combine the blackberries with the water, sugar, and lemon juice on medium-high heat.
  2. Use a potato masher to smash the berries after bringing to a boil.
  3. Allow the flavors to meld for ten minutes after turning off the stove.
  4. Through a very fine strainer, transfer the mixture into a glass jar.
  5. Keep refrigerated and tightly sealed. Enjoy.

Raspberry Simple Syrup

This raspberry simple syrup infuses your favorite beverages and mocktails with the sweet flavor and color of raspberries. Add a squeeze of lemon juice and a slice of lemon to upgrade the flavor.

raspberry simple syrup recipes

Try this raspberry simple syrup recipe by My Dominican Kitchen suggests 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup raspberries
  • ¾ cup ganulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoon lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 lime slice

Instructions

  1. Heat the raspberries, sugar, water, lemon slice, and lemon juice in a small skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. When it begins to boil, turn the heat down. 
  3. Until the raspberries have melted, let it simmer for around 10 minutes.
  4. Turn off the heat and give it a few minutes to cool.
  5. Strain the liquid through a strainer, then place it in a closed container in the refrigerator.

Orange Simple Syrup

Orange simple syrup uses only three ingredients; orange, sugar and water. Orange simple syrup can be a simple but grand condiment. The additional flavor enhances a beverage and can be used in desserts. With a strong citrus flavor and various uses, orange simple syrup is perfect for the holidays.

orange simple syrup recipes

Try this orange simple syrup recipe from Three Olives Branch 

Ingredients

  • 6 inches orange peel (½ an orange)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar

Instructions

  1. Set a little pot on medium-high.
  2. Using a vegetable peeler, remove the orange’s skin while avoiding the majority of the pith underneath.
  3. In the pot, mix the orange peel, sugar, and water.
  4. Heat to a rolling boil, then turn down to a simmer for 15 minutes.
  5. Take the syrup off the heat, and let the orange peel steep for at least an hour.
  6. If preferred, strain the syrup through a fine mesh strainer to remove the peel. 
  7. The syrup should be kept in a container. For up to one month, keep the syrup in the fridge.

Rhubarb Simple Syrup

Rhubarb simple syrup not only great for your non-alcoholic craft cocktails, but if you make it a bit thicker you can use it in pancakes and waffles.

rhubarb simple syrup recipes

Try this rhubarb simple syrup from Tori Avey.

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds rhubarb
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 ¾ cups sugar

Instructions

  1. Wash the rhubarb thoroughly.
  2. The rhubarb should be cut into small pieces after trimming the ends. In a medium saucepan, add the chopped rhubarb. Put a lid on it and boil the water. 
  3. For about 20 minutes, reduce the heat to a medium simmer while letting the rhubarb cook. The foam should be skimmed off the top.
  4. The rhubarb will lose its color and become mushy after about 20 minutes. The water will be a vivid pink or red color. Turn off the heat. 
  5. Separate the rhubarb from the liquid by pouring the rhubarb liquid through a fine mesh strainer into a different, clean pot. The resulting liquid will be slightly more opaque since rhubarb decomposes faster than raspberries or strawberries.
  6. Discard the rhubarb after straining the rhubarb liquid. 
  7. To the rhubarb liquid, add 1 ¾ cups of sugar. Stirring regularly will help the sugar dissolve into the syrup as it is brought back to a boil. To completely dissolve the sugar, let the syrup simmer for 5 minutes while skimming off any further foam that accumulates on top.
  8. Turn off the heat and let the syrup cool fully. 
  9. Pour the mixture into a glass jar, then seal and chill. The syrup can last for a few weeks.

Rose Simple Syrup

To make rose simple syrup, real roses are used to create an exquisitely flowery and aromatic rose simple syrup. Simple to create, this syrup only needs three ingredients. Ideal for cakes, pancakes, milk teas, mocktails, iced drinks, and much more!

rose simple syrup recipes

Try this rose simple syrup recipe from SugarYums

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dried rose buds or petals
  • 1 cup water, filtered
  • 1 cup granulated sugar

Instructions

  1. Mix the sugar, water, and edible roses in a medium saucepan. Cook until the water begins to boil on high heat.
  2. After boiling, boil the heat to a simmering level for five minutes. 
  3. Use a fine mesh strainer to drain the liquid and get rid of the flowers.
  4. Add the liquid to the stove and let it simmer for 10 minutes. The syrup must have a consistency similar to that of maple syrup.
  5. Simmer the syrup for 5-8 minutes longer for thicker pancake syrup.

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Simple Syrup Recipes FAQs

Does simple syrup have alcohol?

No simple syrup is not made with alcohol. Simple syrup is made with equal parts sugar and water.

What is the formula of simple syrup?

Simple syrup is just equal parts granulated sugar and water, which more than lives up to its name. Homemade simple syrup can be infused with fresh herbs like lavender, mint, or rosemary. Although it can be used as a sweetener in cooking and baking, cocktails and mocktails are where it’s most frequently found.

What is simple syrup made of?

Boiling water is the main event in simple syrup recipes. Additionally, white sugar and water are the two main ingredients in simple syrup.

Does simple syrup need to boil?

Actually, the science is quite simple. At ambient temperature, water easily dissolves sucrose (granulated sugar), so the syrup doesn’t really need to boil unless you’ll be adding other ingredients to it.

How can I thicken my simple syrup?

When you double the amount of sugar in a standard simple syrup recipe, you’ll get a thicker, sweeter syrup that makes sweetening your favorite tea, iced coffee, and lemonade simple!