This is good to keep on hand for sweetening teas and coffees
1 cup white sugar
2 cups water
Place the water and sugar in a pot. Bring the mixture to a boil and watch as the sugar dissolves. Stirring is not necessary, but will not harm the syrup.
Remove the syrup from heat and let it cool to room temperature. If you would like to flavor the syrup with alcohols like rum or amaretto, add the alcohol after the syrup has cooled to room temperature.
Some cooks choose to add flavoring to their simple syrups. The correct time to add flavoring is before the water comes to a boil. A few suggestions for flavored syrups: substituting orange juice for water will yield an orange flavored syrup, watermelon juice will yield a watermelon flavored syrup, and an addition of vanilla beans will yield a flavorful syrup that is excellent when stirred into brewed coffee.
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