Simple Syrup Recipes

It’s important to know if a recipe is actually calling for Simple Syrup or what’s known in the industry as Rich or Bar syrup. We’ve included both in this post in order to help you understand the difference.

Occasionally you will see either of these recipes call for a high proof alcohol after the sugar and water are combined. This is just to increase the shelf life. We usually just make a batch and store it in the fridge in an easy pour container.

Simple Syrup

This version of Simple Syrup should be used reasonably fast or refrigerated.
This is the version we are talking about when we talk about simple syrup in recipes.


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water


  • Combine 1 part sugar with 1 part hot water.
  • IF you want to use your syrup over a longer period of time and be less prone to mold, boil for 3 minutes. This step is optional.
  • Stir to combine (all sugar should be dissolved) and allow to cool.

Simple Syrup (Rich or Bar)

You may see a version of a recipe that's 2 parts sugar to 1 part water.
This is a sweeter syrup and is sometimes known as Rich Simple Syrup or Bar Simple Syrup. You will need to adjust our recipes a little if you are using this version of simple syrup.


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 oz everclear (151 proof) aka high proof alcohol optional