While standard simple syrup made with everyday white sugar works for most cocktails, some drinks call for demerara simple syrup made with amber-hued demerara sugar. This type of cane sugar is more like brown sugar than white sugar, in both look and flavor. Combined with water, it dissolves into a richly flavored syrup that can stand up to strong spirits and other powerful cocktail ingredients. Try swapping it in for your usual simple syrup or straight sugar in an Old Fashioned for an extra cozy cocktail or use it in tiki cocktails like Grog. It will also take your Daiquiri over the top, elevating the flavors in the rum and enriching the fresh lime juice. Demerara syrup is also absolutely necessary for a sweet and creamy Rum Flip. And it helps make a better Rum Punch.
It doesn’t take long to make the syrup. All you need to do is combine equal parts water and demerara sugar in a saucepan, bring the mix to a boil, take it down to a simmer and whisk until the sugar dissolves. Once it does, the syrup is done and, after it cools, it will be read to use in any cocktail of your choosing. Keep the remaining syrup in a jar in the fridge for up to a month. Make this syrup today.Your future self with thank you.
- Combine the water and demerara sugar in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
- Reduce to a simmer and stir until sugar dissolves, about 2 minutes. Immediately take the saucepan off the heat.
- Let cool, then pour into a container (something clear to show off your nice golden syrup) and store in the refrigerator for up to one month.
Mix it Up
As with other syrups, a 1:1 ratio of equal parts water and sugar is standard, but feel free to augment as required by recipes or for personal taste.