Easy Cocktail Upgrades

Upgrade your home bar with these cheap and easy cocktail ideas from hip mixologists.

By Stacy Adimando, Photo: Yunhee Kim

Simple Syrup
Yunhee Kim
Simple Syrup

Make a batch and store it in a squeeze bottle or small jar -- it keeps forever in your fridge. You can also use this soluble sweetener when a recipe calls for agave syrup.

In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine 2 cups each sugar and water. Bring to a simmer, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Simmer for 1 minute, then pour into a heatproof glass jar. Let cool, then refrigerate before using. Makes 3 cups.

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