Simple syrup, which is a basic combination of sugar and water, couldn't be easier to make at home: Combine equal parts sugar and water and heat until the sugar is fully dissolved. Bartenders and baristas use this sugar water to sweeten cold beverages because sugar alone doesn't disperse easily in the frigid temperature of an iced coffee or classic daiquiri.
Mint simple syrup punches up mojitos and brings any fruity cocktail to life, but it's also wonderful added to tart lemonade, iced tea or even drizzled over sorbet. And ginger simple syrup makes a wonderful ginger mule cocktail, but can also be the base for homemade ginger ale! Use the flavors here as a starting off point. Consider infusing your simple syrup recipe with lavender, coffee beans, lemon and even sage for interesting additions to your beverages.
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