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4 jars with herbs and simple syrup

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.

13 x 9 aluminum pan in grill with water inside

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.

glass vase with amber liquid and gray background

Now it’s time to get creative by mixing in some flavor infusion. Herbs, peppers, citrus rinds and ginger work really well.

glass vase with amber liquid on gray wood surrounded by herbs and jalapeno

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).

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Smoked Simple Syrup for Smoked Cocktails

Your barbecue parties are way too cool to settle for boring beverages. With this smoked simple syrup recipe, you’ll be shaking up smoked cocktails like you’re a mixologist on the Vegas strip.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 24 servings


  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 cups water

Flavor Infusers

  • orange, lemon or lime rind
  • mint
  • 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.


Calories: 64kcalCarbohydrates: 16gSodium: 1mgSugar: 16gCalcium: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
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Hey BBQ Family

Hi. I’m Christie, the head cook and award-winning competitive pitmaster for Team Girls Can Grill. I have won multiple grand championships and have dozens of top ten category finishes. People know me as the girl who is forever hovering over a grill, smoker or campfire with tongs in one hand and a glass of wine in the other.

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  1. 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!

  2. This sounds amazing! How long are you infusing for? And how long are you storing for in the fridge? Eager to try!