How to Make Simple Syrup

19 Oct

One of the biggest time-savers in preparing shave ice syrups is pre-making the simple syrup and adding concentrate as needed. Here is our recipe:

5 lbs. sugar + 2 quarts water = 1 gallon of simple syrup

25 lbs sugar + 3 gallons water = 5 gallons of simple syrup

The hotter the water the better, as it dissolves the sugar faster. It will become clear and thicken as it cools. One option is to actually boil the syrup for 3-5 minutes, resulting in a sweeter, thicker syrup. The cooking process breaks down the sugar into two simple sugars, fructose and glucose, increasing its sweetness up to 24%. Although it is not necessary to boil it in order to make a delicious syrup, the shelf life will increase since bacteria has been killed during the cooking process. It’s up to you to decide if it’s worth the extra time and general inconvenience. Happy syrup making!

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One Response to “How to Make Simple Syrup”

  1. Nadia September 15, 2015 at 5:06 pm #

    Thanks for the recipe! I’ve been buying my syrups from http://www.realhawaiianice.com and they’re always really good, but now I know how to make my own, thanks! Any tips on flavors? Tiger’s blood is my favorite!

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