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Flavored Simple Syrup

Flavored Simple Syrup

Leigh Belanger
Simple syrup is just that: an easy way to add a sweet layer of flavor to any cold drink, sans the sticky puddle at the bottom of your glass. Once you’re comfortable with the general method, start experiment- ing with different herbs and aromatics. The 1 cup water:1 cup sugar ratio generally calls for ¼ cup herbs (3 to 5 stems) and will yield 1¼ cups of liquid.


  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 to 5 stems herbs


  • Combine 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar in a small saucepan, and bring to a simmer over medium-low heat, stirring to help dissolve the sugar.
  • Add whatever herbs you’re using for your drinks, and simmer together for 1 to 3 minutes.
  • Remove from heat, let cool for about 10 minutes, and strain, discarding the herbs. Store in a sealed glass jar in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

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Leigh Belanger

Leigh Belanger is culture's former food editor. She's been a food writer, editor, and project manager for over a decade— serving as program director for Chefs Collaborative and contributing to local newspapers and magazines. Her first book, The Boston Homegrown Cookbook, was published in 2012. She lives and cooks in Boston with her family.


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