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.