Simple Syrup is a simple combination of sugar and water that excels at sweetening hot and cold beverages.
Low FODMAP Serving Size Info: Makes about 1 1/2 cups (360 ml); serving size 2 to 4 tablespoons
Place water and sugar in a small saucepan and stir together. Bring to a gentle simmer over medium heat and cook for about five minutes. Every now and then pick up the pan and give it a little swirl. The Simple Syrup is done when all of the sugar has dissolved. Cool for about 30 minutes, then pour into an airtight container and keep in your fridge.
It really doesn’t go bad. It might crystallize after very long storage and can just be re-heated, but this small amount will get used up quickly enough.
Simple Syrup Variations
This is what I use to turn sparkling water into ginger ale for the Moscow mule - or enjoy the homemade ginger ale on its own. Add 6 ounces (170 g) of peeled chopped fresh ginger to the sugar and water. Allow to cool completely in the pan before straining into storage container.
We do not know the FODMAP content of roses, so try a little bit at a time. Instead of using 1 cup (240 ml) of water, use ½ cup (120 ml) of water and ½ cup (120 ml) of rose water. You can also add 1 tablespoon of dried rose petals, but that’s mostly just because it looks cool, they don’t add much in terms of flavor. Rose water and dried rose petals can be purchased at Persian markets, specialty stores or on Amazon.
This just smells like heaven. Add 1 tablespoon of lavender buds to the water and sugar. Leave them in there, they look great.
I always have dried citrus zest of various fruits in my pantry. They are endlessly useful. 1 tablespoon added to sugar and water works beautifully. You can use fresh as well.