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How to get sugar to dissolve in iced coffee

By Admin User on October 20, 2021

Have you ever tried to sweeten your cold brew with granulated sugar, only to end up with no sweetness and gritty sugar at the bottom of your coffee? Or have you run out of your favourite sweetener and don’t want to run to the store?

Sugar doesn’t dissolve well in cold liquid, but worry not! You don’t have to buy the delicious but expensive Starbucks syrups. You can make your own at home that are just as good. Also, these syrups are great used in desserts, cocktails and even to glaze meat and fish.

You’ll need three things: a saucepan, water and granulated sugar. That’s the most basic version, but you can also add or substitute ingredients to make the syrup a little special:

  • cinnamon sticks
  • vanilla bean sticks or vanilla extract
  • berries
  • lemon or lime juice
  • substitute white sugar for brown for a more rich, molasses-like syrup

In this post, I’m making a version with vanilla extract. I like it simple!

The ingredients for simple syrup are, well, simple.
Equal parts water and white sugar, plus a tablespoon of vanilla extract.

Combine equal parts water and sugar in a saucepan, along with your add-ins, if wanted. Whisk it to help the sugar begin to dissolve.

This should only take a few minutes, so keep an eye on it.
This would work with other flavour extracts like peppermint or almond.

Keep an eye on the mixture – if it burns you’ll have to start over and if you cook it too long it’ll turn into a sticky mess. It really just needs to dissolve.

The mixture is still cloudy here, so not quite done…
Once it is clear, it’s done! Take it off the heat.

Let it cool for a little bit, then store the syrup in a glass jar or really anything that won’t melt with boiling syrup in it.

The plain version of the simple syrup should be a very thin and watery consistency, contradicting the “syrup” in its name.

The syrup will last around a month stored in the fridge. Now, you can sweeten your iced coffee with syrup that you made all by yourself!



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