Simple Syrup is, forgive me, extremely simple to make. Somewhere along the way, I got the impression that it was something complicated, a mysterious wonder created by perfect ratios and the perfect temperature. However, I couldn’t have been more wrong. In fact, you don’t even have to cook it. If you have an hour or two at home, you can just let it sit there and dissolve at room temperature while you do other things. We use our Simple Syrup the most often in drinks, so we make it double-strength so that it doesn’t water down the drink too much. This recipe will make the right amount to nearly fill an empty 750 ml bottle. My favorite bottles to re-use for this kind of purpose are empty, clean Vodka 360 bottles.
4 C granulated sugar
2 C cold water
In a bowl, stir together the water and the sugar. Leave on the counter at room temperature. Stir periodically, every 20 minutes or so, for two hours, or until the sugar is completely dissolved. Store in the refrigerator in a glass container.