Rich Simple Syrup
Updated: Jan 19
Rich Simple Syrup is a thicker sweeter syrup than a standard 1:1. Any time you come across ‘Rich’ in front of the syrup, whether it is Simple Syrup, Honey Syrup, or other syrups, it implies a 2:1 ratio meaning it is richer and sweeter. Along with being sweeter, it is more viscous and can effect the texture of the drink. If used in a Spirit Forward drink it can add sweetness while not adding as much volume, allowing the other ingredients to shine through even more. Similarly in a Sour, the smaller volume can allow room for other ingredients to do the same.
For the most accurate balance it is best to measure by weight. Affordable digital scales are common and it is a very beneficial tool to add to your bar for the preparation of many a future recipe. While less accurate, using volume measurements can work as well, such as 1 cup of water to 2 cups of sugar.
Two ways to make your Rich Simple Syrup
On the stove
Measure out your portions of sugar and water and add them to a pot. Set heat to medium high and immediately stir to mix and begin dissolving the sugar. The mixture will start off looking cloudy but as it warms, and the sugar continues to dissolve, it will become clear. Continue stirring, avoiding letting it reach a boil, until the mixture becomes completely clear. Turn off the heat and let it cool to room temperature. Once it has cooled, transfer your Simple Syrup to your container or bottle of choice. Refrigerate in between uses and it will keep for up to a week.
In a bowl
Start with a glass bowl large enough to contain your projected sugar and water together that will still leave a safe amount of space to vigorously stir within. Place the bowl on a digital scale and zero out the scale. Add the amount of sugar you intend to use, perhaps 200 grams. Leave the sugar in the bowl on the scale and zero it out once again. Next procure some very hot water such as you would use to brew hot tea. Carefully pour this hot water directly into the bowl of sugar until it reaches half the measurement of sugar previously (100 grams in this case). Immediately begin whisking the mixture thoroughly until it becomes completely clear. Once it has cooled, transfer your Syrup to your container or bottle of choice. Refrigerate in between uses and it will keep for up to a week.