Can you buy simple syrup?
You can, but it usually contains preservatives and aromas you might not want in your drinks. Plus, making it at home is super simple and way more cost effective.
What do you use simple syrup for?
In baking, it’s commonly used to give bread, cakes and pastries a nice sheen. In cocktails, we use simple syrup to balance flavors and add sweetness to drinks. The reason we use simple syrup rather than just sugar is that syrup won’t leave you with a drink full of sugar granules.
How long is simple syrup good for?
Homemade simple syrup usually lasts for about a week in the fridge. By adding a squeeze of lemon or a splash of vodka to the syrup you can make it last a bit longer. To tell if your syrup has gone bad, look for tiny air bubbles in the container. If you see these bubbles it usually means that the syrup has started fermenting and gone bad.