Simple Syrup

Keep simple syrup on hand for mixing cocktails or sweetening your tea or fresh-squeezed lemonade.–Frank Stitt

LC Simple Pleasures Note

Simple syrup. Complex taste. Well, let us qualify that. The potential for complexity is over the moon when you follow chef Frank Stitt’s lead and infuse the sugar and water concoction with fresh herbs or other aromatics. Just add a large bunch of mint, lemon thyme, basil, lemon verbena, or anything else you please to the hot syrup and let it infuse at least 2 hours and, preferably, overnight, in the refrigerator. Then strain the syrup. It’s that simple.

Simple Syrup Recipe

  • Quick Glance
  • 5 M
  • 10 M
  • Makes 2 cups


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups water


  • 1. Combine the sugar and water in a small heavy saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring and swirling to dissolve the sugar. Dip a pastry brush in hot water and wipe down the sides of the pan to dissolve any sugar crystals that cling to the sides. Simmer for 2 minutes, then remove from the heat and let cool. Simple syrup keeps for weeks in a tightly sealed jar in the refrigerator.
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