Why make simple syrup and what is it, you ask?
Simple syrup is an awesome way to add a sweetener that will easily blend into whatever you put it in. It’s sugar that’s already been dissolved, so you don’t have to worry about grittiness when you add it to things. So what can you use it for?
It is used to moisten cake or to sweeten drinks (homemade soda or an Earl Grey Fog Lifter, anyone?), among other things.
It is very easy to make; and if you are a beekeeper, making simple syrup is an essential skill to have. Bees love their simple syrup, and need it at certain times of the year up here when they need nectar, but the blooms aren’t around.
Four Easy Steps to Make Simple Syrup
1. Add equal parts sugar and water in a saucepan. So you can make as much or as little as you like, as long as you keep the parts equal.
2. Heat over medium until it comes to a boil and stir constantly until all crystals are dissolved, and immediately remove from the heat. Make sure you do not leave this unattended. We are not making caramel. The video shows what the mixture looks like and what its consistency is before the crystals have been dissolved.
After the sugar crystals have dissolved, the syrup will look like this:
3. Allow it to cool, and have a clean container ready for it. We used these clear beer bottles from Amazon for this, as well as our molasses and vanilla.
4. Very carefully pour it into your container and store in the fridge for up to a month.