This chart of basic recipes for simple syrup recipes contains how to make light simple syrup, regular simple syrup, and heavy simple syrup, which is also called rich simple syrup.
In addition to listing simple syrup recipes in varying weights, this chart also suggests adding flavor boosters such as sweet spices, citrus peels, and herbs. Easy directions indicate what ingredient to add, when to add it, and specific ingredients to make a delicious syrup.
But don't discount unflavored simple syrups as too ordinary for your time. Plain simple syrups are a must when making sweet tea and homemade lemonade. They evenly sweeten your favorite beverages and keep them from having a build-up of plain gritty sugar at the bottom of the glass.
Make or Boost Your Favorite Beverage with a Flavored Simple Syrup
I absolutely love making my own beverages with a flavored simple syrup. The best ginger ale is one you make yourself using real ginger root in a simple syrup. Also, trendier drinks and flavors like elderflower and lemon require making your own custom syrups.
Other Uses for Simple Syrups
Did you know that simple syrups are not just for beverages? They are also the basis for cooked frostings, and candies, and often are used in poached fruit desserts and fruit sauces.
You really can add just about anything to flavor simple syrup, like vanilla beans, citrus peels, and peppers like the fruity habanero. Just use the basic recipes on this chart for inspiration and add your favorite aromatics, herbs, and spices for your own recipe creations.