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How To Make Smoked Simple Syrup

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The rich, smoky, and sweet taste of smoked simple syrup is perfect for taking your cocktail game to the next level. Equally popular in summer cookouts and BBQs, it is easy to make at home and works well with so many flavors!

So, how to make smoked simple syrup? The process of making smoked simple syrup is very easy. All you have to do is mix water and sugar in a pan and then smoke it for 2 hours at 180°F.

Read on to find out more about smoked simple syrup, detailed instructions on how to make it at home, how it is used, and much more!

What Is Smoked Simple Syrup?

Homemade Sugar Simple Syrup in a Bottle

Before we talk about smoked simple syrup, you need to understand what simple syrup is.

Also called sugar syrup, simple syrup is a combination of water and sugar that is most commonly used for sweetening cocktails, iced beverages, lemonades, and other drinks.

Since it is in a liquid form, it is much easier to mix into cold beverages than regular sugar, which takes much longer to dissolve.

This syrup isn’t just for drinks, though. It can be used to sweeten desserts and baked goods and is often used as a glaze.

You can purchase simple syrup from the supermarket as well as online or you can make it at home in a couple of minutes using just two basic ingredients.

Now when it comes to smoked simple syrup, it is (as the name suggests) simple syrup that has been smoked using a smoker. It is the perfect addition to any drink and is easy to make at home!

How To Make Smoked Simple Syrup

Whether you want to pair it with something sweet or savory, smoked simple syrup is a perfect choice. If you are looking for extra flavor, you can add your choice of herbs and spices to kick it up a notch!

Ingredients

  • Water
  • Sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat your smoker to 180°F.
  2. While the smoker heats up, take a large baking pan and combine cold water and granulated sugar in a 1:1 ratio.
  3. Give it a quick whisk.
  4. When the pellet grill is ready, place the baking dish in the smoker and smoke it for 2 to 2½ hours.
  5. Whisk the syrup every 30 minutes so that the sugar gets dissolved and absorbs more of the smoky flavor.
  6. When the syrup is done smoking, remove the baking dish from the grill and allow it to cool.
  7. Once the syrup reaches room temperature, strain it through a fine mesh sieve to get rid of any ash or smoke residue.
  8. Transfer the smoked simple syrup into an airtight container and use it to make delicious cocktails and more!

Notes

  • Use cold water to make the syrup as smoke adheres better to it.
  • Don’t worry if the sugar isn’t dissolved properly when it goes into the smoker — the heat from the smoker will help it melt and dissolve with the water.
  • Switch out the wood pellet or sweetener to create different flavors.
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How To Make Smoked Simple Syrup

Prep Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 1 minute

Whether you want to pair it with something sweet or savory, smoked simple syrup is a perfect choice. If you are looking for extra flavor, you can add your choice of herbs and spices to kick it up a notch!

Ingredients

  • Water
  • Sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat your smoker to 180°F.
  2. While the smoker heats up, take a large baking pan and combine cold water and granulated sugar in a 1:1 ratio.
  3. Give it a quick whisk.
  4. When the pellet grill is ready, place the baking dish in the smoker and smoke it for 2 to 2½ hours.
  5. Whisk the syrup every 30 minutes so that the sugar gets dissolved and absorbs more of the smoky flavor.
  6. When the syrup is done smoking, remove the baking dish from the grill and allow it to cool.
  7. Once the syrup reaches room temperature, strain it through a fine mesh sieve to get rid of any ash or smoke residue.
  8. Transfer the smoked simple syrup into an airtight container and use it to make delicious cocktails and more!

Notes

  • Use cold water to make the syrup as smoke adheres better to it.
  • Don’t worry if the sugar isn’t dissolved properly when it goes into the smoker — the heat from the smoker will help it melt and dissolve with the water.
  • Switch out the wood pellet or sweetener to create different flavors.

Variations Of Smoked Simple Syrup

You can make smoked simple syrup with a few different variations by adding your choice of ingredients to it when it is smoking or cooling.

Some of the most popular variations include:

  • Ginger Smoked Simple Syrup. Add 1 cup of sliced fresh ginger to the syrup while smoking. Strain before storing.
  • Vanilla Smoked Simple Syrup. Add 1 to 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract to the syrup after it has cooled.
  • Mint Smoked Simple Syrup. Add 1 cup of fresh, coarsely chopped mint leaves while smoking. Strain before storing.
  • Spiced Smoked Simple Syrup. Add a couple of whole cloves and 2 cinnamon sticks before smoking. Strain before storing.

Other flavor infusers include:

  • Basil, rosemary, and sage
  • Orange or lemon
  • Jalapeno slices

Which Sweeteners To Use For Smoked Simple Syrup

While most people generally prefer using white sugar for making simple syrup (and smoked simple syrup), you can mix it up by trying out different variations:

  • Using brown sugar instead of white sugar, for example, will give you what is called dark smoked simple syrup with a deeper, molasses-y flavor. 
  • You can also use natural sweeteners such as agave, maple syrup, and honey in place of white sugar. When using honey, use ½ cup for 1 cup of water. Maple syrup can be a little tricky to work with since it can be dominant flavor-wise; still, go ahead and give it a shot.
  • If you are looking for a keto-friendly option, we suggest using allulose for a similar consistency to regular simple syrup.

Which Pellets To Use For Smoked Simple Syrup

With so many different types of wood, it can be a bit overwhelming to choose the right kind for smoking!

Since simple syrup tends to involve making something sweet (like a cocktail), we recommend going with pecan, maple, cherry, or apple wood pellets:

  • Pecan pellets, despite being in the hickory species, give out smoother smoke and a subtle flavor with hints of nuts and vanilla. Perfect for slow cookouts, the longer the syrup is allowed to bathe in pecan smoke, the more noticeable the flavor will be.
  • Maple wood pellets are mild with a hint of sweetness and a great option for smoking simple syrup.
  • Cherry pellets add a fruity and sweet flavor to the syrup, along with a hint of tartness.
  • Apple pellets are similar to cherry pellets with a slightly sweet flavor.

That being said, you may also work with a blend of pellets and see how that turns out!

Uses For Smoked Simple Syrup

There are so many fun ways to use smoked simple syrup in sweet as well as savory dishes!

Here are some of our favorite ways to use smoked simple syrup:

  • Using it in place of simple syrup to add a smoky twist to your favorite cocktails such as an Old Fashioned or a Mojito.
  • Brushing over grilled or oven-roasted meats that are perfect for BBQs.
  • Adding to homemade BBQ sauce instead of liquid smoke.

How To Make A Smoked Simple Syrup Cocktail

Making a cocktail is probably the most popular way to use smoked simple syrup — you can make so many different types of drinks and add a nice kick to them with the syrup’s sweet and smoky flavor.

Here are a few popular smoked drinks you should definitely learn to make in order to impress your friends with your bartender skills the next time they come over!

1. Smoked Margarita

Here’s how you can make a Smoked Margarita using smoked jalapeno simple syrup:

  1. Start by making a smoked simple syrup infused with jalapeno slices.
  2. Combine the smoked jalapeno simple syrup, tequila, lime juice, orange liqueur, and ice in a cocktail shaker.
  3. Shake, shake, shake!
  4. Rub a lime wedge around the rim of a glass, roll the rim on some kosher salt, and fill the glass with ice.
  5. Strain the margarita into the glass and garnish with a lime wedge and jalapeno.

2. Smoked Cosmopolitan Martini

Here’s how you can make a Smoked Cosmopolitan Martini using smoked orange simple syrup:

  1. Start by making a smoked simple syrup infused with orange rind.
  2. Combine the smoked orange simple syrup, vodka, cranberry juice, lime juice, and ice in a cocktail shaker.
  3. Shake, shake, shake!
  4. Strain the martini into a martini glass and garnish with orange zest.

3. Smoked Tom Collins

Here’s how you can make a Smoked Tom Collins using smoked basil simple syrup:

  1. Start by making a smoked simple syrup infused with basil leaves.
  2. Combine the smoked basil simple syrup, gin, lemon juice, and ice in a cocktail shaker.
  3. Shake, shake, shake!
  4. Fill a tall and narrow glass with ice.
  5. Strain the cocktail into the glass, top it with club soda, and garnish with a lemon slice and basil.

4. Smoked Mojito

Here’s how you can make a Smoked Mojito using smoked mint simple syrup:

  1. Start by making a smoked simple syrup infused with mint leaves.
  2. Combine the smoked mint simple syrup, lime juice, rum, and ice in a cocktail shaker.
  3. Shake, shake, shake!
  4. Fill a glass with ice and strain the mojito into it. Garnish with mint and a lime wedge.

Related Questions

Now that you know all about smoked simple syrup and how to make it, here are a few additional questions we thought you might have!

How should you store smoked simple syrup?

Keep your smoked simple syrup in an airtight jar in the refrigerator for up to 4 weeks. If you are using flavor boosters, it is best to use the syrup within 1 week.

Can you freeze smoked simple syrup?

To extend the life of smoked simple syrup, you may freeze it for up to 3 months.

The best way is to pour the syrup into an ice tray and allow the syrup cubes to freeze solid. Once they are, transfer them into a freezer-safe bag and use them as and when needed.

Are smoked cocktails healthy?

No, smoked cocktails are not healthier than regular cocktails and carry the same health risks including addiction and liver damage. The only difference between them is their flavor.

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