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6 Easy Flavored Simple Syrups for Cocktails and More


These flavored simple syrup recipes are the perfect way to add a little sweetness and tons of flavor to your cocktails, mocktails, coffee, or tea. These infused sugar syrups are easy to make and will help you add layers of flavor and get creative with your favorite mixed drink recipes.

4 types of flavored simple syrups for cocktails on a table with fruit around it.
Flavored simple syrups are a great way to take your cocktails up a notch.

Simple Syrup Recipes to Enhance Your Drinks

These infused simple syrups are easy to make and add an extra level of excitement and a burst of flavor to any drink.

Classic simple syrup is just sugar and water cooked down into a concentrated syrup. It’s perfect for adding sweetness to cocktails and other drinks. But these syrup recipes take it a step further.

Related: Classic Simple Syrup

Creating your own sugar syrups, with flavors like basil and strawberry, is a super simple process and can really elevate the drink recipes you make at home.

These homemade simple syrups make enough for multiple beverages and last for a while in the fridge. And you can use them in all kinds of drinks, like coffee and iced tea. Not just cocktails!

Grab your favorite herbs and spices and start mixing up some new and exciting flavors for your next happy hour.

Simple Syrup for Cocktails

These crazy easy simple syrup recipes have very little prep and hands-on time. Browse these delicious and flavorful infused sugar syrup recipes to get inspired to create your own unique cocktails at home.

Using Simple Syrups in Cocktails

One of the best things about flavored syrups is that they really punch up the flavor. While I sometimes like to muddle herbs or fruit in my drinks, an infused sugar syrup really brings a bold, concentrated flavor.

And they are easy to adjust to your liking. I don’t love overly sweet drinks, so often I will change up the ratio of sugar to water to make sure that I can add more flavor to the drink without extra sweetness.

Typically, you can substitute the same amount of flavored simple syrup for regular simple syrup that a recipe calls for.

Ideas to try

Mojitos made with a flavored simple syrup take this classic cocktail to the next level. You can add a fruity twist or punch up the mint flavor even more.

For a refreshing and unique drink, make my lavender lemonade made with lavender-infused syrup.

Try pairing a pineapple rum cocktail with a cinnamon syrup. It will really take it to new heights.  

Tequila-based drinks benefit from simple syrups infused with jalapeño or cilantro for a spicy kick.

And you don’t need to infuse syrup with just one flavor! You can create tasty combinations like rosemary and grapefruit or ginger and orange.

These are just a few ideas to get you started. With a little experimentation, you can create your own signature cocktails using your homemade flavored simple syrups.


Store your homemade simple syrup in an air-tight container or jar in the refrigerator for up to a month.

Adding homemade flavored simple syrups to your happy hour drinks is an easy way to add tons of flavor to your cocktails.

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