Simple Syrups for the Holidays

Here is a gift for some of the 21+ crowd in my life. These simple syrups can be used in anything, but most often they are for mixing up some drinks.

My friend, Tori, taught me how to make simple syrup… and it really is simple.


  • equal parts water
  • equal parts sugar

See? So simple. All you do is add both to a pot over medium heat and stir until all the sugar is dissolved.

For the vanilla syrup I used one cup of sugar, one cup of water, and 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract.

The ginger snap flavor is made by adding in 2 cinnamon sticks and about 4 pieces of candied ginger. I would also use fresh ginger, but I didn’t have that! The longer you can let this one sit with the cinnamon sticks and ginger in the syrup, the better the flavor will be, but remove them before bottling up and storing. I used 2 drops of red food coloring and 2 drops of green to make the darker brown color to help differentiate the syrups.

Pepper mint is made by adding in one teaspoon of peppermint extract and 6 drops of red food coloring.

The possibilities are almost endless with simple syrups. They are so easy to make and add that sophisticated and flavorful touch to your holiday bar.


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