Total Time
Prep 2 mins
Cook 8 mins

A basic sugar syrup used as a base for a variety of desserts and beverages.


  1. Bring the sugar and water to a boil in a heavy medium saucepan over high heat.
  2. Reduce the heat to medium-low.
  3. Simmer, stirring until the sugar is completely dissolved, 6 to 8 minutes.
  4. Let cool completely.
  5. Transfer to an airtight container.
  6. Refrigerate until completely chilled, at least 4 hours.
Most Helpful

Thanks for the basic recipe. It is one of those things that if you only make it rarely that you forget the proportions!

Missy Wombat February 01, 2003

I have discovered that if you boil the water in a kettle first, then mix the water and sugar, you don't need to cook it for 7 mins (too hot to have the stove on!) Works great.

Dana Lynn July 30, 2009