Lemon Simple Syrup
In the test kitchen, we keep sugar syrup in the refrigerator at all times during the summer. This recipe makes enough syrup for two pitchers of iced tea and can be doubled if you go through a lot of iced tea in your household.
Why This Recipe Works
Simple syrup is the best way to sweeten cold beverages from lemonade to iced tea. Unlike granulated sugar, which won’t dissolve readily in beverages, liquid simple syrup doesn’t make cold beverages gritty. Simple syrup is equal parts water and sugar heated long enough to dissolve the sugar. The syrup can be flavored with citrus zest or spices like stick cinnamon, and it can be refrigerated for up to one week.