Syrup for Freezing, Cocktails and so much more…

Simple Syrup or Sugar Syrup

Making simple syrup is straight forward and quick, so you do not need to make a lot at once. How much sugar you put in will not increase the preserving ability of the sugar, just the sweetness.
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Course: kitchen basics
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Cooling Time: 30 minutes


  • Caster sugar
  • Water


What type of syrup do you need? Check out the notes at the bottom

  • Once you have decided on the type of syrup you need, follow the ingredient listed
  • Place the water in the saucepan over a low heat
  • Add the sugar to the water and heat gently, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. It will only take a few minutes
  • Bring to a boil, then take off the heat immediately
  • This syrup can be cooled and kept in the fridge until needed or you can pour it onto fruit that you are bottling. make sure any glass containers are also warm if the syrup is still very warm


Heavy syrup: 2 lb (1 kg)  sugar to 2 pints (40 fl.oz)  of water (1 liter)
Medium syrup: 1 lb (500 g) sugar to 2 pint ( 40 fl.oz)of water (500 ml)
Thin syrup: 8 oz (250 g) of sugar to 2 pint (40 fl.oz) of water (250 ml)
The heavier the syrup, the sweeter the syrup. You can reduce the sugar even more, if you wish, but always keep the ratio correct.
The softer the fruit the lighter the syrup can be. For pouring on to cakes to make them more moist( excellent idea if you are making the cake a few days ahead) then I would use the medium syrup. For sour fruits, cocktail drinks and flavoured syrups for adding to desserts, coffee and sorbets – I would use the Heavy syrup.
Lucinda Hershberger
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Author: Tamzin

Food activist and childhood nutrition advocate Tamzin Cochrane helps the busiest of people to cook up something healthy and delicious, even after a long day. She also helps companies and schools educate around—and create a culture and environment that truly supports healthy eating. Decades in the foodservice and hospitality industry have given Tamzin a well-rounded perspective on mealtime. She is passionate about bringing back the lost art of families and friends cooking together, and she loves seeing people enjoy the amazing tastes and textures of their communal effort. Inspiring children to cook and expand there horizons on food is very important. She shares this message through virtual coaching and video courses, by speaking at corporations, schools, and events, and through her recently-released video courses. Tamzin is found most often at The Pinny and Trowel Cooking School, which she opened in early 2020, it is located in Austin TX. Tamzin was born in England, grew up in Scotland, and now lives in Austin, Texas with her husband (who incidentally, is Scottish but grew up in England) and their children.

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