simple syrup

noun

: a sweetening agent made by melting granulated sugar in hot water
The drink developers decided they could add "dashes" of unsweetened, natural flavor, such as vanilla or hazelnut, and give customers the option to add or subtract pumps of simple syrup for more or less sweetness (each pump of syrup contains five grams of sugar).Julie Jargon
I just started making a Quarter Horse … . I found it on a cocktail app that I have called Highball, and it's made with bourbon, lime, simple syrup, ginger beer, and bitters.Anna Kendrick

Examples of simple syrup in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Note: For simple syrup, combine 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar in a saucepan. Kevin Gavagan, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 Pour your favorite spirits, juices, or drink add-ons like simple syrup into one of the six 30-ounce compartments on the device. Jennifer Jolly, USA TODAY, 16 Jan. 2024 White sugar brings little to the palate except sweetness, making simple syrup a neutral and hugely versatile ingredient. M. Carrie Allan, Washington Post, 7 Feb. 2024 Mocktail option: Omit the tequila and substitute orange juice and simple syrup for the triple sec. John Metcalfe, The Mercury News, 31 Jan. 2024 Add the orange juice, sparkling water, ginger beer, and agave or simple syrup. Katie Workman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 Jan. 2024 Mix two parts vodka or gin, one part lemon juice, one part simple syrup, one tablespoon of cranberry sauce and a splash of orange juice – shake and serve over ice. Michael J. Solender, Charlotte Observer, 29 Jan. 2024 Try the snow globe cocktail with vodka, seasonal berries, sage simple syrup, ginger beer, and lime, or grab a beer and listen to some live music. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, 22 Jan. 2024 Red Alert Charred red pepper and fresh strawberries make a delicious drink with an extra hit of smokiness from ancho simple syrup. L.a. Times Food Staff, Los Angeles Times, 4 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1826, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of simple syrup was in 1826

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“Simple syrup.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/simple%20syrup. Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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