|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 0g||0%|
|Saturated Fat 0g||0%|
|Total Carbohydrate 14g||5%|
|Dietary Fiber 1g||2%|
|Total Sugars 13g|
|Vitamin C 16mg||78%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Simple syrup is a solution of equal parts (by weight) sugar and water and its uses are myriad. You can use simple syrup to sweeten and add moisture to cakes and other desserts. It's also handy for sweetening cold drinks such as iced coffee and iced tea, because granulated sugar doesn't dissolve as well in cold drinks as it does in hot ones. There are also plenty of cocktails that use simple syrup, like the old-fashioned and the mojito. And it's as easy to do as the name implies.
Simple syrup is traditionally made by boiling the water and sugar until the sugar dissolves. The resulting syrup is then cooled and stored in a bottle or jar. You can infuse it with orange flavor by simmering orange peel in the syrup. It's nice when brushed onto the layers of a classic genoise cake, though there are many other uses for orange simple syrup as well. Consider it mixed into homemade herbal iced tea, drizzle it over vanilla ice cream, add a little bit to a salad dressing, or try it on top of pancakes: the possibilities are limitless.
8 ounces (1 cup) water, filtered or distilled
8 ounces granulated sugar, about 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons
3 oranges, bright orange peel only, sliced
Gather the ingredients.
In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine the water, sugar, and orange peels. Stir to combine.
Bring to a boil and cook until the sugar dissolves, stirring occasionally.
Remove from heat, strain out the peels, and let the syrup cool.
Transfer to a bottle or jar and cover it. Refrigerate.
How To Store Orange Simple Syrup
- Refrigerate flavored 1:1 simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water) in an airtight container for up to a month; it may keep longer. To tell if the simple syrup has spoiled, look for an off odor, cloudiness, or mold.
- Freeze simple syrup in small containers or ice cube trays for longer storage.
Rich orange simple syrup: Increase the sugar to 16 ounces, or about 2 1/4 cups.
No-boil simple syrup: Just combine the sugar and cool water in a jar or bottle and let it sit for about 20 minutes, giving it a shake or stir every five minutes or so. This allows for zero cleanups, zero waiting for it to cool, and zero chance of sustaining second-degree burns. The boiled syrup will keep longer because boiling eradicates bacteria, but you can still infuse the syrup with flavor by stirring in citrus zest, sprigs of herbs such as rosemary or mint, etc. Refrigerate overnight and remove the infused aromatics. Store in the fridge for two weeks.