Simple Syrup…but better!

It looks dark because of the brown sugar...but it smells oh so good!

Need or want some simple syrup, but you’re out of white sugar? No worries, I just made some with brown sugar. In fact, you may want to make it this way because it’s better than white sugar simple syrup.

Many people like having simple syrup on hand instead of other sweetener, like granulated sugar. In cool or cold beverages mixing in all the little crystals can be a pain in the butt. So, liquid sugar comes to the rescue.

This morning we each only had one cup of coffee. We normally have a couple each. So there’s extra coffee, just sitting in the coffee pot, mostly room temperature. With the yucky heat we’re having here on the Central Coast, a nice glass of iced coffee sounds tasty.

Remembering that we’re now out of sugar, and considering that simple syrup mixes better, my wife recommended I try making some simple syrup with brown sugar.

A trip to the internet Yoda, Google, and I’m fast on my way to alternate simple syrup. The common thread was equal parts brown sugar to water.

My recipe:

  • 1.5 cups brown sugar
  • 1.5 cups of water
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract (perfect addition for tasty coffee flavor)

Mix the ingredients in a larger saucepan. Bring to hard boil. Lower heat and simmer for 10-12 minutes. Stir occasionally. Make sure all of the granules are dissolved.

I transferred it to a medium sized measuring cup, then to an unused glass container. You probably should use one with a lid. Then into the refrigerator it went. I want it chilled a bit, before I make my iced coffee.

Enjoy!

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