Sugar does not dissolve easily in cold liquids, particularly alcohol. So pre dissolved sugar syrup is used. “Gomme sirop” or “Gum syrup” is sugar syrup with addition of gum Arabic. Which is the crystallised sap of the acacia tree. The gum, which is comprised primarily of fiber and protein, acts as an emulsifier in the syrup and ultimately in your cocktail. This means that all of the components of your beverage are uniformly blended.
Sweetness is 1 out of 5 of what we as people can taste, and so has a big impact on flavour. There are many ways to add a sweet taste to a cocktail. From Sugar syrups, to honey, to agave, to maple syrup. Once you add in the fact that you can turn just about any flavour into your sweet aspect, the possibilities are endless.
The issue when creating your own drinks is that, there is always the flavoured syrup out there that you want. And when there is, they tend to be on the expensive side.
Below is our guide on how exactly to make your own flavour sugar syrup. It’s time you through out your store bought syrups and got creative!
How To Make Sugar Syrup
Firstly, pick your ratio in which you want to make your syrup 1:1 is the most popular, that’s one part sugar and one part water. I prefer doing it at a 2:1 ratio, that being 2 parts water and one part sugar. If you’re wondering about the difference here is a few things to remember. The more sugar you add, the more viscous the syrup will be. Which will effect the over all mouthfeel and texture of the cocktail. The more water you add, the more length you will get out of your drinks and it will create a softer, more light mouthfeel. so when i add 25 or 30 ML of syrup to a drink, it sounds like alot, but its abit less on the sweeter side then you might think, So i get the same sweetness as i would with a spoonful of sugar but with 30ML extra volume to my cocktail.
So here’s how it’s done:
Pour 500ML of water in to a clean saucepan
Add 500Grams of caster sugar in to the water and put over a medium heat
Gently stir the sugar and water until the sugar has dissolved
Once all the sugar has dissolved, take of the heat and allow the syrup to cool completely then pour into a bottle
How To Make Flavoured Syrup:
Follow the same process as above
Once at stage 3, when the sugar has dissolved. add your flavouring and simmer. Different ingredients will need different amounts and time to infuse, its best to add a small about and taste as you go along. For example, add in 50 grams of raspberries and if after a few minute its not tasting strong add more.
Once you’re happy with the flavour take of the heat and fine strain into a bottle then refrigerate
Keep in mind the longer you simmer the mix for for the more water will evaporate and the sweeter the end result will be. Also don’t worry about the viscosity of your syrup when hot. it will thicken as it cools
Tips To Take Your Syrup To The Next Level:
Instead of using sugar, use another sweetener, such as honey, maple syrup or agave
Try adding more then one flavour, use our flavour guide to find the perfect pairing for your main flavour and add that too
Adding a small amount of vodka will keep your syrup from going bad. The syrup should last about 2 weeks refrigerated, with vodka it could last over a month