By Leslie Kelly

Simple syrup, every bartender's go-to ingredient, recently started showing up in pretty bottles on shelves at upscale supermarkets and specialty shops that cater to amateur mixologists. Unlike bitters and other fancy tinctures used to make cocktails, simple syrup is truly simple to DIY. And, big bonus points: it's way cheaper to make it. When compared to the bottled syrups, some of which sell for around $8 for 12 ounces, homemade simple syrup is a fraction of the cost.

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How to Make Simple Syrup

There are many variations, including herb-infused, but the basic simple syrup recipe involves heating equal parts granulated sugar and water. That's it.

Check out our guide on how to make simple syrup, from basic to flavor-infused. Once you've mastered that neat trick, try using your homemade simple syrup in everything from margaritas to strawberry lemonade. With all the money you save, buy some cool, decorative bottles to stock the bar.

Photo by Leslie Kelly

Watch this short video showing step-by-step instructions for making simple syrup:

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