Burnt Sugar Syrup

Take care when making this. Be sure to use a heavy bottom saucepan as the liquid gets smoking hot – literally! But it’s well worth the effort for the rich and silky sweetness this will add to your cocktail.


  • 8 oz brown sugar (you can substitute white but brown gives a richer flavor)
  • 1.5 to 2¬† cups water


  • 1. Heat the sugar in a stainless saucepan over medium heat, stirring steadily. (A chopstick works well). This will take a little while
  • 2. As the sugar liquifies, it will become progressively darker. When it begins to smoke and release a burnt smell it’s time to add the water
  • 3. Pour in 1. 5 cups of water and stir like crazy. Be careful; it will likely steam and sputter

4. Once you have a smooth liquid, remove from the heat and let stand ’til cool

5. If your sugar forms hard lumps after adding the water, add a little more and leave on medium heat, still stirring, ’til the syrup is smooth.




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