You can easily elevate your cocktails at home with DIY simple syrup intensely flavored with the citrus fruit of your choice!
Happy hour at home has become a monthly (or biweekly, depending on my workload) ritual for me and I delight in finding little ways to flex my skills and make it a high quality experience. That doesn't mean I want to wear myself out in the process, though. Homemade flavored simple syrups are an easy way to help curate the experience at your home bar. If you've ever wondered how to add flavor to simple syrup, you're in the right spot today. I'm about to walk you through my recipe for easy sugar syrup for drinks with three versions to highlight citrus season. Let's get into it.
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I first developed this recipe to add zing to my citrus champagne sparklers cocktails. You should definitely check them out, while you're here. But you don't have to drink alcohol to try this recipe. You can use this citrus syrup for soft drinks. Make your own fizzy fun by adding it to sparkling water or club soda. Perfect for Dry January or the sober curious folks among us.
What You'll Need for this Recipe
This easy simple syrup recipe calls for very few ingredients and is flexible on which kind of fruit you add to the mix. Depending on what's in season and looking particularly good at the grocery store or farmer's market, I like to make blood orange simple syrup, grapefruit simple syrup, or meyer lemon simple syrup. Here's what's in it.
- Granulated Sugar
- Citrus Fruits (grapefruit, oranges, lemons, limes, etc.)
As far as tools to make this simple syrup at home, grab a sturdy cutting board and a sharp knife to cut the fruit, a squeeze juicer to get all the juice out, and a small saucepan to cook the syrup in. I also recommend these handy 8-ounce bottles with lids for storing your syrup in.
Tips for Making Citrus Syrup at Home
- How do I store fresh simple syrup? Store fresh sugar syrup in an airtight container chilled in the fridge. These bottles work wonderfully and will make you feel all official.
- Does simple syrup go bad? Yes. Simple syrup made at home is free of preservatives and keeps for about a month when stored properly in the refrigerator.
- How to make homemade simple syrup last longer? Consider doubling the sugar in my recipe card to make what is called a rich syrup. This typically lasts up to six months in the fridge.
- Can I freeze simple syrup? Yes, you can absolutely freeze simple syrup as long as you use a freezer-safe container. Note that this syrup will freeze solid so it's best to divide it into one-ounce freezer trays for ease of thawing. This also gives you the ability to grab one or two servings at a time, as needed. You can freeze rich syrup, too, and it won't freeze solid because of all the sugar in it.
Now that you're up on one of my favorite recipes to make during citrus season, I invite you to share the love. Make it, share on Instagram, and tag me so I can shower you in compliments--and pin this post over on Pinterest, too. Thanks for reading!
Easy Citrus Flavored Simple Syrup Recipe
Easy Citrus Simple Syrup
- 3 citrus fruits
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup water
- Add granulated sugar and water to a small saucepan over medium heat.
- Squeeze juice of each citrus fruit into saucepan and stir until mixture is uniform and sugar is dissolved.
- Remove peels from juiced fruits and add into saucepan.
- Bring mixture to a boil (about 5 minutes) then reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to fully cool before using in cocktails, homemade fountain drinks, or other recipes.