17+ Drinks That Use Simple Syrup (Simple & Delicious)

Simple syrup, the humble blend of sugar and water, is a bartender’s best friend and a home mixologist’s secret weapon. This unassuming liquid can elevate your drinks from basic to breathtaking, adding depth, complexity, and just the right touch of sweetness.

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Homemade simple syrup is super easy to make with just 2-simple ingredients! Get the recipe here. Or, try out this honey simple syrup.

Cocktails that Use Simple Syrup

Side view of bramble cocktail garnished with lemon and blackberry.
This Blackberry Bramble Cocktail (or Mocktail) is the perfect spring sipper. Made with just 4-simple ingredients, this gin based cocktail has bright flavors of blackberry and lemon, and is a definite crowd pleaser.
Blackberry Bramble
Overhead shot of mojito in glass.
This easy Mojito recipe is the perfect summer. Learn about the best rum to use, its ingredients and history. 
Classic Mojito
Overhead close up of prepared espresso martini topped with three coffee beans.
This Espresso Martini is a delicious pre- or post-dinner pick me up cocktail. An easy cocktail recipe, made with just 4-ingredients and shaken until deliciously frothy. 
Espresso Martini
Side view of one mint julep in julep cup with sprig of mint
This classic Mint Julep recipe is the perfect Kentucky Derby Cocktail. Learn about the best bourbon to use, its ingredients and history.
Mint Julep
Two Bees Knees Cocktails in coupe glasses next to honey simple syrup and bowl of lemons.
Gin, lemon juice and honey combine in this delicious Bees Knees cocktail. Served straight up in a martini glass. 
Bees Knees Cocktail
Overhead shot of cosmopolitan cocktail on serving tray.
The BEST Cosmopolitan Cocktail recipe! Tart, tangy & delicious. Made with vodka, cranberry juice, lime & cointreau.
Cosmopolitan Cocktail
Side view of French 75 cocktail garnished with lemon twist.
This French 75 cocktail recipe is festive, easy to make, and elegant. Plus – Bubbles!!! A sparkling wine cocktail always helps to make your party sparkle!
French 75
With its bright, citrusy flavor and enticing foamy top, this Aperol Sour is the light and refreshing cocktail you need in your life! Ready in 5 minutes and perfect for sunny days.
Aperol Sour
Side view of prepared strawberry mojito garnished with mint sprig and lime slices
This Strawberry Mojito recipe is the perfect summer cocktail. Mint, rum and lime juice combine with delicious strawberries in this refreshing cocktail. 
Strawberry Mojito
Winter aperol spritz garnished with cranberries and rosemary.
This Winter Aperol Spritz with cranberries is perfect for fall or winter. With a hint of cranberries, bubbly prosecco and the delicious flavor of aperol, now spritzes aren't just for the summer. They're perfect for the holidays too!
Winter Aperol Spritz
Overhead shot of prepared margarita.
This Grapefruit Habanero Margarita is the perfect spicy cocktail for sipping on summer days!
Grapefruit Habanero Margarita
Prepared tiki cocktail garnished with pineapple leaves and cherry.
The Jungle Bird Cocktail is the grown-up fruity cocktail you’ve been looking for! It’s a tropical and refreshing rum and pineapple drink that’s balanced with the subtle bitter qualities of Campari.
Jungle Bird Cocktail
Side view of paloma cocktail garnished with grapefruit wedge.
This Easy Paloma Cocktail with honey simple syrup is a refreshing, citrus cocktail made with tequilla and a splash of soda water. Serve it on the rocks with a salted rim and enjoy! 
Hibiscus margarita in salt rimmed glass garnished with grapefruit wedge on white serving tray.
This Hibiscus Margarita recipe is a fun twist on a traditional margarita. Made with an easy homemade hibiscus tea concentrate, grapefruit juice and tequila. The ingredients are simple, but the taste is amazing!
Hibiscus Margarita
Two fig cocktails in glasses garnished with fresh figs.
This Fig Cocktail is made with vodka and a vanilla bean & fig simple syrup. Combining it with soda water gives a nice fizz and ties this beautiful drink together. 
Fig Cocktail
Forget everything you think you know about a daiquiri. The classic daiquiri cocktail recipe is simple, elegant, and delicious.
Recipe from Umami Girl
Classic Daiquiri Cocktail
Bourbon, bitters, sugar, and a twist of orange peel come together in perfect harmony in this timeless cocktail. Use simple syrup to replace the muddled sugar for a smoother experience.
Recipe: Minimalist Baker
Bourbon Old Fashioned

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17+ Drinks that Use Simple Syrup

Simple syrup, a blend of sugar & water, is a bartender's secret weapon to perfect cocktails. Here's 17+ tasty drinks that use simple syrup. Try this easy Mojito recipe!
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 cocktail


  • 10 mint leaves
  • 2 ounces light rum
  • 1 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • Club soda (to top)
  • Ice
  • Mint sprig (to garnish)
  • Lime wheel (to garnish)


  • Lightly muddle the mint in a cocktail shaker.
  • Add the rum, lime juice, simple syrup and ice and shake.
  • Strain into a highball glass over fresh ice. Top with club soda.
  • Garnish with a mint sprig and lime wheel.
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Calories: 183kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 12mg | Potassium: 57mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 425IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1mg

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