Cocktail syrups are essential ingredients in all kinds of cocktails. They are really easy to make and are used to create a wide variety of flavor profiles in mixed drinks.
There are endless variations of homemade cocktail syrups. These syrups will really be lifesaving if you need to mix some drinks and don’t have cocktail mixers in hand. We compiled a list of the 5 cocktail syrups that you'll need when making cocktails at home.
You can't make Daiquiri, Whisky Sour, or Mojito without a simple syrup, which is, by the way, very simple to cook. All you need is just two ingredients — water and sugar.
How to make simple syrup:
- 150g - water
- 150g - sugar
Method: If you want your syrup thick and sweeter than your loved one (as if it's possible), you can add more sugar and heat the solution. If you need your syrup really fast, you can simply combine sugar and water in a bottle and shake until sugar dissolves.
Honey works great in many cocktails and not just in hot toddies. It is delicious mixed with tequila, gin ( tastes match-nificent with flavored gins. Try it with Warner's Honeybee gin or their Elderflower gin), and it also matches well with botanical vodka.
Honey syrup recipe:
- 50ml - warm water
- 150ml - honey
Method: combine the ingredients and stir until the honey dissolves.
Ginger is an essential flavor component in drinks, it can also add a fresh hint of spice to just about any cocktail. Treat yourself with a glass of ginger Martini, or ginger Margarita. Or pair the syrup with a splash of single malt whisky, lemon juice, and candied ginger for a delicious Penicillin cocktail. It can also work great when paired with vodka in Moscow Mule. Just give it a shot, you'll love it!
Ginger syrup recipe:
- 250ml - simple syrup
- 100g - fresh ginger
Method: Blend the ginger with a little water or simple syrup. Combine the simple syrup and blended ginger and bring the mixture to a boil. Let it cool and then strain and pour into a glass jar. Store in the fridge for up to two weeks.
Tea-based syrups bring amazing floral and herbal notes to the drinks. You can experiment with tastes, and make some green tea or lemon tea, or camomile tea syrups.
Tea syrup recipe:
- Tea (your choice) - 1 cup
- Sugar - 1 cup
Method: You can use tea bags or loose leaf tea. Make one cup of strong tea, and then mix it with sugar. Stir to dissolve the sugar. Pour the syrup into the glass jar and keep it in the fridge. Use the syrup in 14 days.
Grenadine is sweetened pomegranate syrup. It is also an essential component in a number of classic cocktails. Grenadine is used to give mixed drinks a distinctive flavour that is both tart and sweet. It also adds a vibrant, rich red colour to the cocktails. Try it in Tequila Sunrise, Margarita, or pair it with your favorite gin, lemon juice, and club soda for a mouthwatering Gin Daisy.
How to make homemade grenadine?
- 450ml pomegranate juice
- 225ml demerara sugar
- 3–4 orange peels
Method: Combine juice and sugar in a saucepan. Stir on medium heat until the sugar is dissolved. Then add orange peels and leave the mixture to cool. Once cool, remove the peels from the liquid and store the grenadine in a bottle or glass jar in the fridge for up to 1 month.