By Christie Vanover | Published May 6, 2018 | Last Updated February 16, 2023
The process is quite easy. Just combine water and sugar in a 13 x 9 pan and smoke it at 180F degrees for two hours. By using a 13 x 9 pan, you create more surface area, so more smoke flavor gets infused into the syrup.
Be sure to stir the mixture a couple of times during the smoking process to ensure the sugar is fully dissolved. After two hours, the simple syrup will have an amber, smoky hue.
This recipe uses 2 cups water and 2 cups sugar, which results in 3 cups of smoked simple syrup. Plenty for a party.
Now it’s time to get creative by mixing in some flavor infusion. Herbs, peppers, citrus rinds and ginger work really well.
Once you select your ingredients, place them into a mason jar and fill it with simple syrup. Tighten the lid, place it in the fridge and steep for at least 30 minutes. The longer it steeps, the more intense the flavor will become.
Below, you can see I made a jar of mint, basil, jalapeno and orange. You should be able to make four varieties with one batch. (I actually made two batches, which is why there is leftover syrup in this picture).
Smoked Jalapeno Margarita
Smoked Mint Julep
Smoked Tom Collins
Smoked Simple Syrup for Smoked Cocktails
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 2 cups water
- orange, lemon or lime rind
- basil, rosemary, sage
- jalapeno slices
- sliced ginger
- Heat smoker to 180F degrees.
- Pour sugar and water into a 13 x 9 pan. Stir. Smoke for 2 hours, stirring occasionally to ensure sugar is dissolved.
- Place your selected flavor infusers into mason jars. The more you add, the stronger the flavor will be. Pour the smoked syrup on top. Cover. Let steep for at least 30 minutes.
- Refrigerate leftover syrup. To stop the flavor from intensifying, strain out the flavor infusers.
This estimate was created using an online nutrition calculator
This is my second time using this recipe! I used the simple syrup in my smoked rosemary French 75’s. It is a party hit!
French 75s are my favorite cocktails. I love your twist on it.
This sounds amazing! How long are you infusing for? And how long are you storing for in the fridge? Eager to try!
I infuse for about 30 minutes. You can keep it in the fridge for several weeks.
What type wood are you using to smoke the simple syrup with? Cherry, Hickory, Oak, etc? Thanks
I recommend a mild wood like pecan or apple.