Little Bit of Sweetness: 10 Simple Syrups to Liven Up Any Cocktail

Simple syrups help cocktails come alive, with their subtle sweetness and herbaceous or fruity notes. So what would Cocktail Week be without a mention of some of our very favorite simple syrups?

The thing about simple syrup recipes is that they're more a source of inspiration rather than a hard and fast rule. Regardless of what you're adding to your recipe, you make them pretty much the same way, by boiling down water and sugar and whatever herbs or fruits you may choose into a nice, sweet syrup that livens up any cocktail and is wonderful spooned over fresh fruit or ice cream. So think of the the following recipes as guide-posts and inspiration for different flavor profiles and approaches to your next batch of simple syrup.

Try a Simple Syrup:
Rhubarb Simple Syrup - Whitney in Chicago
Lavender Simple Syrup - Zoe Bakes
Ginger Simple Syrup- Martha Stewart
Thyme Simple Syrup - My Worldwide Culinary Adventure
Thimbleberry Rosemary Simple Syrup - Salon
Basil Simple Syrup - Shockingly Delicious
Blackberry Blueberry Simple Syrup - Shockingly Delicious
Grapefruit Simple Syrup - Culinate
Rosemary Simple Syrup - 101 Cookbooks
Strawberry Black Pepper Syrup - Food Republic

Related: Straight-Up: DIY Simple Syrup

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