Simple syrup always used to sound so fancy to me. My mindset used to be: Making a real Tom Collins? How in the world are we supposed to make that simple syrup stuff — it’s so complicated! And I don’t want to spend money in the store on buying sugar. Whatever, Gin and Lemonade is the same, right?
So, imagine my embarrassment when Andrew and I actually bothered to look it up and saw that you basically just boiled 1 part water to 1 part sugar and let it cool for 20 minutes. Yeah. Simple syrup is actually super, super simple. Who knew? And the difference is incredible. Everything we’ve made with the stuff tastes like restaurant/bar-made cocktail that you’d normally pay $8 for. So good! Here are my favorites so far:
Tom Collins – Gin, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup, club soda
Fake Sprite (non-alcoholic) – Club soda, lemon juice, lime juice, simple syrup
Lemon Drop – Vodka, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup
I can’t wait to branch out and try more fancy cocktails. We’ll keep you updated on new favorites when we discover them!