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Double Strength Simple Syrup

Tired of those annoying sugar crystals in the bottom of your icy cold summer beverages? Try whipping up a batch of this double strength simple syrup to sweeten your favorite cold drinks instead. Swirling in a syrupy sweetener means no more undissolved sugar crystals lingering in the bottom of your cold beverages.

A traditional simple syrup recipe calls for equal parts of sugar and water, but by doubling the amount of sugar, you’ll end up with a thicker, sweeter syrup that makes sweetening your favorite sweet tea, iced coffee, lemonade, well, simple!

Simple Syrup Recipe

Making this double strength simple syrup couldn’t be easier. Just bring one cup of water to a boil, add in 2 cups of sugar, and stir while boiling until all of the sugar crystals are dissolved. They don’t call it simple for nothing!

Allow the mixture to cool, and store tightly covered in the refrigerator for up to 6 months. That’s right — 6 months!!! Chances are you’ll be making another batch long before that with the hot summer weather on the horizon, though.

Double Strength Simple Syrup

Note that my simple syrup is amber colored, because I used organic sugar, which may alter the appearance of your beverages, though they will still taste fantastic! Refined white sugar will produce a simple syrup that is more clear. Both work equally well, so use whatever type of granulated sugar you would normally use.

Double Strength Simple Syrup

Double Strength Simple Syrup

Yield: 2 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes


  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups granulated sugar


  1. Bring the water to a boil in a saucepan.
  2. Stir in sugar and continue to stir while boiling just until all of the sugar is dissolved. Over boiling will produce a syrup that is too thick.
  3. Allow the solution to cool completely, and then pour into a clean container for storage.
  4. Store in a tightly covered container in the refrigerator for up to 6 months.

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Flavored Simple Syrups

This simple syrup recipe can easily be infused with other flavors, as well — try a few drops of vanilla, some mint leaves, or even chili peppers… Yes, chili peppers — jalapeño margaritas are simply amazing!

Just add your extra flavorings during the cooling step. If it’s a liquid, you’re all set. If you use an herb, fruit, etc., you’ll want to strain out the particles before refrigerating. Check out this ginger simple syrup for an example!


Monday 3rd of June 2013

Great idea!

Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen

Saturday 1st of June 2013

So smart! I will have to do this!

Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles

Thursday 30th of May 2013

I'm wondering why I haven't thought to make simple syrup in double strength before?! Love this!

Sandy @ RE

Thursday 30th of May 2013

That's a great tip and I agree, the bottle is great!


Thursday 30th of May 2013

Tara, where did you get the bottle to store the simple syrup? I have been looking for some inexpensive yet good looking bottles to store homemade goodies ie: vanilla extract. to give as gifts as well as for myself. Thanks!!

Tara @ Unsophisticook

Thursday 30th of May 2013

It's a Weck juice jar -- isn't it cute?!? The one pictured is the 1/2 liter size. You can find them on Williams-Sonoma!

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