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Sugar Syrup

Sugar Syrup

Sugar Syrup
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A Sugar Syrup, aka Simple Syrup, is made from equal parts of white sugar and water.

You mix the two, bring them to a boil, lower the pan to a simmer, and simmer for five minutes, then remove from heat to cool.

If a recipe wants a thinner or a thicker syrup, it will advise you as to the ratio. Otherwise, assume 1 to 1.

You can also buy it in bottles; some sort of preservative (e.g. ascorbic acid) will be added to make it shelf-stable for bars.

The stages of cooking sugar syrup are:

1. Thread Stage (106 - 112 C)
2. Soft-Ball Stage (112 - 116 C)
3. Firm-Ball Stage (118 – 121 C)
4. Hard-Ball Stage (121 - 130 C)
5. Soft-Crack Stage (132 - 143 C)
6. Hard-Crack Stage (149 - 154 C)

Cooking Tips

Simple Syrups are used in recipes, and at bars as a cocktail mix.

Storage Hints

Store in refrigerator.


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Also called:

Simple Syrup; Zuckerlösung (German); Almíbar (Spanish)


Oulton, Randal. "Sugar Syrup." CooksInfo.com. Published 24 June 2004; revised 02 December 2007. Web. Accessed 05/22/2018. <http://www.cooksinfo.com/sugar-syrup>.

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