This Spicy Simple Syrup is a great addition to your traditional cocktails. Quick and easy to prep and keeps in the fridge for up to a month or more. The simple syrup is also great for enhancing different food recipes like noodles or rice bowls.
Quite a few cocktails call for simple syrup mix. Kick it up with a little chili for a unique cocktail experience.
This homemade simple syrup is very easy to make and can be adjusted to be as spicy as you like.
The reason for using spicy simple syrup in the cocktails is very simple, granulated sugar doesn’t work well with cold beverages, most of the sugar doesn’t dissolve and simply sinks to the bottom of the glass. If you’re an avid cocktail aficionado then you’ll want your drink to be perfect, with perfect ingredients.
To make this spicy simple syrup, you’ll only need 3 ingredients: sugar, water, and spicy peppers. Take the water and sugar mixture to a boil until sugar is dissolved, add peppers, simmer and extract the peppers (or leave in for a proper spicy experience!)
Let’s learn in-depth how to make simple syrup for cocktails! And then try this with Spicy Watermelon Basil Margarita!
Only 3 ingredients to make this spicy simple syrup!
In a medium pot, add sugar and water over medium heat. Take it to a boil and stir in the pepper slices. Simmer on lower heat 10-15 minutes. (Taste test after about 8 minutes, the total simmering time will depend on how strong syrup you are going for).
Remove from heat and strain the peppers out.
Let cool before use. Add into cocktails, smoothies, asian recipes.
Makes about 1 or 1 ½ cup of ready made syrup. Plenty for dozen of drinks!
- Spicy peppers – the most common version is jalapeno simple syrup. But any other similar hot peppers will work such as habanero (extra spicy), serrano or green/red/yellow chili peppers. Seeded or with seeds, will depend on how spicy simple syrup you want to achieve. Simmering time: You can simmer for shorter or longer amounts of time for your desired spice/heat level. If not sure, simply follow this recipe instructions to get properly balanced sweet and spicy flavored simple syrup.
- Peppers – If you want your syrup extra hot, don’t remove the seeds from peppers before cooking. But you’ll need to strain the peppers out before serving.
- Sugar – for a classical ‘’gomme’’ syrup use granulated white sugar but if you want more in-depth flavor try light or brown muscovado sugar instead. It will also add a little darker hue to your drinks. You gonna love this!
- Cutting the peppers – always use gloves when handling the peppers, and wash your hands after use.
- When making drinks with hot peppers, it’s important to remember that less is more. You don’t want your drink to be too spicy to enjoy. You can always add extra fresh spicy peppers. Jalapenos and etc directly to the drink if needed. Another thing to mention is that every syrup you make will vary depending on the peppers used. Some are spicier, riper and etc.
- Don’t throw away the peppers – Make delicious pancakes, waffles or cornbread with folded jalapenos or peppers!
- The thickness of the syrup – simple syrup ratio is usually 1:1 but for a thicker version make it 2:1 by doubling up the sugar. You’ll need to taste test the cocktail as you go. I don’t recommend this option as I believe the 1:1 is a perfect ratio for cocktails + it is the syrup is not very ‘’pourable’’ when too thick.
Place the cooled spicy simple syrup in a sealed glass bottle, or airtight container and keep it in the fridge for up to a month. I haven’t frozen the syrup yet, so If you do try this method, please let me know how it went.
Sure you can. It is available in the alcoholic beverage aisles, baking aisle/sections, online stores. But of course, as I always like to point out, homemade is better and healthier without any additives and extras. Additionally, you can control the sweetness amount and customize it with whatever you like, peppers, herbs and others.
You should refrigerate it and if made properly (following the ratio, cooled before refrigerating and stored in airtight container, preferably glass) will keep fresh for up to a month.
I hope you’ll enjoy this spicy simple syrup recipe and if you make it, please let me know down below in the comments or by tagging @theyummy_bowl under your picture on Instagram.
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Spicy Simple Syrup
- 1 cup granulated sugar or brown sugar muscovado
- 1 cup warm water
- 1 green chili pepper or larger green jalapeno sliced, seeds extracted or left in
- In a medium pot, add sugar and water over medium heat. Take it to a boil and stir in the pepper slices. Simmer on lower heat for 10-15 minutes. (Taste test after about 8 minutes, the total simmering time will depend on how strong syrup you are going for).
- Remove from heat and strain the peppers out.
- Let cool before use. Add into cocktails, smoothies, Asian recipes.
Note: Nutrition information is estimated and varies based on the products used.
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