Syrups!-Santa Fe Sips

Cocktails are generally composed of one or more spirits and one or more mixers or modifiers. These may be liqueurs, or fresh juices, or syrups.

I want to go over some of the syrups most commonly used in cocktails. Most are easy to make at home and it’s a lot less expensive, and generally more convenient, than buying them. So you get far better flavor and you’ll save a ton of money - that you can then spend on booze! I’ve been able to get most of the ingredients at my local grocery store, and a couple at Amazon.

Here are some of the syrups I use often.


Simple syrup (1:1)

Basically sugar dissolved in water.


  • 1 cup sugar

  • 1 cup water


  • Combine sugar and water in a saucepan.

  • Heat and stir until sugar is dissolved. (Do not boil)

  • Let cool and store in a glass bottle or jar

This should last several weeks in the fridge without problems


Rich simple syrup (2:1)

Double the amount of sugar in the steps above

Gomme syrup

More often used in pre-Prohibition cocktails, but this syrup gives a silky smooth texture to cocktails.


  • 1 oz Gum Arabic (I bought a bunch on Amazon)

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 3/4 cup water


Gum arabic pastę

  • Heat ¼ cup water to a near boil.

  • In a glass container, combine hot water and gum arabic.

  • Stir well

  • Set aside (several hours) until g