Orange & Serrano Chili Simple Syrup

Simple syrup is an easy-to-make, easy-dissolving sweetener. But you don’t have to stick with the plain version. Try this quick upgrade to make your syrup sing!
orange and serrano chili simple syrup


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 1 Serrano chile, halved


Stir 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water over high heat until the sugar dissolves, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat; add orange and Serrano chile. Steep 15 minutes; strain into a jar. Keeps in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

Serve It: As a citrusy replacement for hot sauce in a Bloody Mary, or stirred into your favorite salsa