A bar cart staple.
When quarantine started, I knew this was the motivator I needed to get my bar in order.
I wanted to be sure I had on hand what I needed to mix together a cocktail at a moment's notice. Although I haven't quite invested in the next level, top shelf, liqueurs...yet.
I have the basics, and you should too!
Let's start with Simple Syrup. It's just a sweetener, and it's added to an endless amount of cocktails. The best and most fun part about Simple Syrup, not only can you make it at home, you can make different flavor variations too! Possibly throw in some jalapeño slices for your next Spicy Margarita, or cinnamon sticks, orange peels, rasberries...the list of possibilities go on.
Simple Syrup (The Base)
Makes 1 cup of syrup
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup of water
Add the sugar and water into a small saucepan on your stovetop, over medium heat.
Stir until the sugar is fully dissolved (if you are adding flavors, this is when you would add the flavors and allow to steep).
Set aside and let cool. Pour syrup into a glass jar and seal tightly with a lid.
Keep refrigerated up to a month!
TIP TIME: Need more syrup or need less? Always use a 1:1 ratio of water and sugar. What does that mean? Equal parts! 1 cup of water, use 1 cup of sugar. 1/3 cup of water, use 1/3 cup of sugar... etc.
HACK: You can always buy Rose's Simple Syrup in your local grocery store if you are lazy!
(yea, I called you lazy)