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Demerara Simple Syrup

Demerara Simple Syrup

Makes about 1 ½ cups Servings

February 2014


  • 1 cup demerara sugar

Recipe Preparation

  • Bring sugar and 1 cup water to a boil in a small saucepan, reduce heat, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until sugar dissolves. Let cool, then transfer to an airtight container. Cover and chill.

Do ahead:

  • Syrup can be made 1 week ahead. Keep chilled.

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8 Simple Syrup Recipes for Your Home Bar

Like how a pinch of salt added to any meal can help flavors shine, a little sugar in a cocktail can be transformative. In fact, sugar is one of the 4 key ingredients in an Old Fashioned, which helped define all cocktails. Sugar adds depth, smooths harshness from citrus and ethanol, and can give a cocktail a silky mouthfeel. Adding granulated sugar straight into your shaker or mixing glass, however, is almost guaranteed to disappoint. In cold liquids and alcohol, sugar has a tough time dissolving properly. Hence the need for liquid sugar, commonly known as simple syrup.

If you've never made simple syrup before or are intimidated with anything having to do with a stovetop, you may be tempted to go out and buy a bottle of simple syrup from the store. Don't. It's typically more expensive pre-made, and drastically limits your flavor and sugar concentration options. We'll walk you through how to make 8 easy & essential simple syrups perfect for your home bar.

Make a Simple Syrup for Cocktails, Coffee, and Other Drinks

Simple syrup is, as the name implies, very simple to make from scratch. It's also the most budget-friendly drink sweetener you'll find, costing just pennies per batch. Also known as "sugar syrup," the only ingredients you need are sugar and water, so anyone can do it.

Once you learn how easy it is, you'll discover just how essential it is to keep simple syrup in stock for your bar and kitchen. It's found in many mixed drink and cocktail recipes, and you can use it to sweeten your coffee, tea, and homemade lemonades and sodas. Since the sugar is already dissolved into the syrup, it's much easier to mix into cold beverages.

There are two primary simple syrup ratios. Rich simple syrup means that you're using more sugar than water to create a richer syrup. It has a 2:1 ratio and is sweeter and thicker. You can also make a simple syrup with equal parts (1:1) of sugar and water. It will be a little thinner, and it will add just a touch of sweetness to your drinks. The 1:1 syrup is nice for flavored syrups and primarily used by bartenders, so many cocktail recipes assume that's what you're using. If you prefer a rich syrup, know that you'll likely want to use about 1/4 ounce less than what the drink recipe calls for.

With either option, the recipe will yield between 1 cup and 1 1/2 cups of syrup. You can make as small or as large a batch as you wish, just keep the same proportions. Once done, store it in the refrigerator in a well-sealed bottle where it will keep for up to a month.

Honey syrup • 8 recipes »

Honey syrup is an exceptional alternative to simple syrup, and for many mellower drinks is an upgrade. The bees knees sets the standard for classic honey syrup cocktails, but modern classics like the gold rush and penicillin have elevated the ingredients profile in the modern era. Honey syrup is a nice detail but usually isn’t required. More complex drinks can use simple syrup, but simpler ones won’t be the same without it.

Same as simple syrup, but with honey instead of sugar.

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Summer is the perfect time to embrace the art of the aperitivo&mdasha bright, palate-refreshing cocktail sipped pre-dinner to get your tastebuds revved up for the evening. And when it comes to aperitivo, there are few spirits as synonymous as Campari, the bittersweet, brilliant red Italian aperitif that is the defining ingredient in this summer's hottest cocktail sensation, the negroni. Of course, that classic cocktail isn't the only way to enjoy the scarlet stuff, so to help infuse a little taste of Italy into your cocktail hour, we've rounded up some of the tastiest ways to mix up a Campari cocktail.


1 oz Campari
1 oz 1757 Vermouth di Torino Rosso
1 oz Bulldog Gin


Build over ice in a rocks glass. Stir for 15 seconds. Garnish with an orange peel or slice.



Mix both ingredients together and pour over ice. Garnish with slice of orange


1 oz Campari
1 oz 1757 Vermouth di Torino Rosso
1 oz Russell's Reserve 10-Year-Old Bourbon
Orange slice, for garnish


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1 oz lime
.75 oz passion fruit syrup
.5 oz Campari
Pinch of maldon salt


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1 oz. Campari
3 dashes Orange bitters
Sparkling Yes Way Rosé to top
Olives to garnish
Orange peel for garnish


Fill a rocks glass with ice. Add Campari and fill with sparkling rosé. Top with a few dashes of orange bitters, orange peel and olives on a pick.


1 oz Campari
1 oz Smith & Cross Jamaican rum
1 oz Carpano Antica sweet vermouth


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.75 oz Campari
.75 oz Dolin Rouge
.5 oz Plantation Pineapple rum
.5 oz Cruzan Blackstrap rum


Combine ingredients with and stir with ice. Strain into a rocks glass with a large ice cube.


1 oz Pig's Nose Scotch
1 oz Punt e Mes sweet vermouth
1 oz Campari
1 oz Stone Smoked Porter


Stir together the scotch, vermouth and Campari and strain over rocks. Add the smoked porter and stir again to incorporate. Garnish with an orange peel.


2 oz blood orange juice
2 oz Campari
.5 oz rosemary demerara simple syrup*
Sparkling wine


Mix the blood orange juice, Campari, and rosemary demerara simple syrup into a pot. Heat, bringing to a boil for 5 minutes while stirring constantly. Cool and refrigerate. When ready to serve, pour into champagne flutes and top with sparkling wine.

*Rosemary Demerara Simple Syrup: Pour the .5 gallon water and 1 gallon demerara sugar into a saucepan. Heat the ingredients until dissolved. Stir until the liquid becomes completely clear, then remove from heat source. Add 5 rosemary sprigs into the simple syrup for flavor right as it comes off the burner. Let sit until cool. Remove rosemary sprigs from simple syrup and store for up to 3 weeks.

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Turbinado Syrup

Turbinado sugar, also known as sugar in the raw, is named after the method used to make it, which involves spinning raw cane sugar in a turbine. Unlike other, more processed sugars, turbinado sugar maintains a natural, molasses flavor. Jim Kearns of Happiest Hour and Slowly Shirley , who sees simple syrup as the “vodka of sweeteners” because it tends to get lost in a cocktail, often substitutes the more flavorful turbinado for extra boost. Kearns also recommends using turbinado as the base for flavored syrups, particularly cinnamon syrup .

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