If you're looking for an easy No-Cook Simple Syrup recipe that is ready in minutes and does not require any cooking look no further than this Simple Syrup Recipe in a Jar! Perfect for making a big batch of last-minute cocktails, this simple method teaches you how to make simple syrup quickly, without any of the fuss!
Quick Simple Syrup Recipe for Cocktails
This jar simple syrup recipe is for you if you plan to make cocktails but always forget to make homemade simple syrup far enough in advance to let it cool before adding it to a chilled drink. I've been there.
There are plenty of different ways to make simple syrup. There is the traditional method on the stovetop, you can make it in the microwave, and I've even shown you how to make simple syrup for just one cocktail out of a sugar cube.
Or you could just be lazy and buy a bottle.
But, this way is so quick and easy to make, (not to mention really cheap!). And this method does not even require any heat!
Why I love this recipe
This no-cook sugar syrup keeps really well in the fridge so you can easily make a big batch, and it is perfect for adding a little sweetness to drinks.
Simple syrup is not just for cocktails, I love adding it to iced coffee recipes where there is no heat to dissolve regular sugar, and it helps sweeten up mocktails too.
Also in a pinch, you can use simple syrup in any drink that calls for agave syrup. I can never be bothered to go to the store when I've run out of just one thing.
Here's what you need to make a quick simple syrup in a jar:
- ½ cup sugar
- ½ cup water
I used white sugar in this recipe as it has a neutral flavor that will work in all drinks and cocktails.
Slightly warm water will help the sugar dissolve, but don't use hot water as it will make the jar hot to hold and shake (!) and the syrup won't be cold enough to add to your drink right away.
See the printable recipe card for quantities and full recipe.
Learn how to make a cocktail simple syrup in moments using just two easy ingredients and a jar with a tight-fitting lid!
Add the water to a mason jar.
Add the sugar.
Secure the lid and shake well until the sugar has dissolved. This will take approximately 2 minutes.
How to use this simple syrup
Measure out the amount of simple syrup that your cocktail recipe calls for and add to it your drink or cocktail shaker.
Recipes that use simple syrup
- Moscow Mule Mocktail Recipe
- Vodka Lemon Drop Recipe
- Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey Sour
- Dairy Free Bourbon Milk Punch Recipe
- Gin and Herbal Tea Cocktail Recipe
- Refreshing Watermelon Gimlet Recipe
- Pitcher Margaritas
- Spiced Rum and Aperol Cocktail Recipe
- Strawberry Whiskey Sour Recipe
Frequently Asked Questions
Store the simple syrup in the jar you made it in in the fridge for up to 1 month. This plain simple syrup should keep much longer than infused simple syrups.
No, but remember you'll get caramel flavors if you use brown sugar so the simple syrup then might not work with all cocktail flavors. But it will add a certain something to cozy fall drinks! Just remember to choose a sugar with crystals no bigger than regular sugar as they may be harder to dissolve in the jar.
1:1 is the traditional sugar-to-water ratio, but for a thicker syrup, you can use a little less water, or add a little more for a looser syrup which is a little less sweet when added in the same quantity to drinks. You can also use less sugar than water if you want it to be less concentrated.
As you're not heating the sugar here this recipe is best used for a plain simple syrup since the colder temperature won't allow all the flavors to steep as well. I do however have recipes for vanilla cinnamon simple syrup, blueberry simple syrup and strawberry simple syrup if you're looking for something with extra flavor!
More simple syrup recipes
- Best Simple Syrup Recipe for Cocktails and Coffee
- How To Make Simple Syrup In The Microwave
- How To Make Simple Syrup For One Cocktail (Sugar Cube Simple Syrup)
- Basil Simple Syrup Recipe for Cocktails and Mocktails
- Vanilla Simple Syrup Recipe for Coffee and Cocktails
And if you want to flavor a cocktail with lavender without adding any extra sweetness you can use this lavender tea recipe.
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No Cook Simple Syrup in a Jar
- ½ cup sugar
- ½ cup water warm
- Add the sugar and the water to a Mason Jar with a tight fitting lid.
- Shake until all the sugar is dissolved. This should take approximately 2 minutes.
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