It\u2019s funny how many at-home mixologists never make their own simple syrup and instead reach for honey or agave. While these golden nectars certainly have their place, they can significantly affect the taste and color of the cocktail. The translucent simple syrup is pure sweetener and a must have for modern drink making (and it\u2019s crazy easy to make, thus the name). You\u2019ve put this off long enough. Time to batch some up.\r\nOne:\r\nIn a small saucepan, combine 1 cup regular granulated sugar and 1 cup water. This step is by far the most difficult part of the recipe. Did we mention this was a simple syrup?\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nTwo:\r\nSet on high heat, and stir until the sugar is dissolved. When the liquid reaches a rolling boil, reduce the heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes. After, let it cool to room temperature.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n \r\nThree:\r\nNext, pour the sweet stuff into a container, cover and refrigerate. Your tasty syrup batch should keep for about a month, assuming you don\u2019t drink it down that first night.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThree flavored syrups to try:\r\nMix these ingredients in a cheesecloth, tie with twine and steep the packet during the simmering phase.\r\n\r\nSpice:\u00a0Whole cloves, allspice berries and/or cinnamon sticks. Best for whiskey Christmas punches.\r\n\r\nHerb:\u00a0Sprigs of rosemary, mint or thyme. A dash or three of this is absolutely lovely in gin and vodka mixers.\r\n\r\nCitrus:\u00a0Strips of lemon, lime, orange or grapefruit peel.\u00a0 Substitute this for triple sec in Tequila drinks.