DIY Simple Syrup

February 15, 2023

Crafting Perfect Simple Syrup: A DIY Guide with Death Gin

Attention all home mixologists and frugal flavour enthusiasts! If you’ve ever found yourself reaching for that pricey bottle of simple syrup at your local Bottle-O, it’s time to put those dollars back in your pocket and whip up your own batch at home. With just two basic ingredients and a few minutes on the stove, you’ll have a versatile syrup that’s ready to elevate your cocktails, desserts, and more. Let’s dive into the art of crafting simple syrup with a Death Gin twist!


  • 1 – 2 parts sugar (1 – 2 cups)
  • 1 part water (1 cup)


  1. Heat Things Up: Grab a saucepan and bring it to medium-high heat.
  2. Add and Dissolve: Pour in 1 part water followed by 1 part sugar. Stir continuously until the sugar completely dissolves and the mixture turns clear.
  3. Simmer and Infuse: Reduce the heat to low and let the syrup simmer. If you prefer a thicker consistency, add more sugar and stir gently. For an extra flavor kick, toss in your desired infusion (think herbs, spices, or citrus peels) and let it steep for 10-15 minutes.
  4. Cool and Store: Once your syrup reaches the desired consistency and flavor, remove it from heat and allow it to cool. Strain out any solids, then transfer the syrup to a sealed container or bottle and pop it in the fridge. It’ll keep for a few weeks, but trust us – it won’t last that long!


  • Consistency is Key: Simple syrup should have a thin, pourable consistency, similar to a liqueur. Don’t expect it to be as thick as maple syrup or honey.
  • Extend the Shelf Life: Add a splash of Death Gin to your syrup to prolong its shelf life. A tablespoon to an ounce should do the trick, depending on the batch size.

Recipe Variations

  • Try swapping white sugar for raw sugar for a richer flavour profile. Keep in mind that it may slightly alter the colour of your cocktails.
  • Experiment with brown sugar, coconut sugar, or palm sugar for unique twists on classic simple syrup.
  • For a healthier alternative, use stevia or other sugar substitutes. Just be aware that it may affect the flavour slightly.

Flavoured Simple Syrup Inspo

From fruity to floral, bold to spicy, the possibilities are endless when it comes to flavouring your simple syrup. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Homemade Grenadine for a pomegranate punch
  • Zesty Sour Syrup with lemon, lime, or pineapple
  • Fruity blends with orange, mango, raspberry, or kiwi
  • Spiced infusions like cardamom, ginger, or cinnamon
  • Floral notes with lavender or rosewater
  • Bold flavours such as coffee, chilli, chocolate, or vanilla

Creative Uses for Simple Syrup

Simple syrup isn’t just for cocktails! Keep a bottle on hand for all your culinary adventures, including:

  • Sweetening iced tea or coffee
  • Drizzling over cakes and desserts
  • Mixing custom sodas with your SodaStream
  • Glazing meats, fish, or poultry
  • Pouring over pancakes or waffles
  • Making medicinal concoctions more palatable (thanks, Mary Poppins!)

With Death Gin’s simple syrup secrets in your back pocket, you’ll be mixing up delicious drinks and delights in no time. Say goodbye to store-bought syrups and hello to homemade flavour perfection. Cheers to sweet savings and endless culinary creativity!

Ingredient list

1 – 2 parts sugar (1 – 2 cups)
1 part water (1 cup)
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