Frequently Asked Questions
What is simple syrup?
Simple syrup is liquid sugar. It is made by dissolving real sugar in water so it mixes easily with beverages. It is also a staple bar ingredient, used in countless cocktail recipes.
How is simple syrup different than other syrups?
Most flavoring syrups start out as water combined with any number of substances (such as imitation sugar) to make them sweet. Simple syrup starts out as sugar — real sugar — combined with water to make it liquid.
How is simple syrup used?
Countless cocktails use simple syrup as a mixer to offset any harsh flavors in other ingredients. No bar is well-stocked without it. As a sweetener, simple syrup also mixes well with non-alcoholic beverages. It adds real sugar without the need to stir until the sugar dissolves.
What does “infused” mean?
An infusion is a liquid such as hot tea, in which tea leaves have been steeped to extract their true flavor. Keep It Simple Syrup is infused with spearmint leaves and genuine cassia cinnamon sticks to capture their flavor, aroma, and color.
Why cinnamon? Why spearmint?
Warm and woody, cinnamon is a well-known and loved spice that can be used in both sweet and savory dishes as well as beverages. While it is best known as a complement to autumn and fall flavors, it blends well with citrus, other fruits and spices too, so Cinnamon-infused Keep It Simple Syrup can be appreciated year-round.
There are more than 300 varieties of mint. Recipes for popular cocktails such as Mojitos & Mint Juleps call for fresh spearmint — which wilts quickly and is not always available. Problem solved: Spearmint-infused Keep It Simple Syrup sweetens naturally with the crisp, clean flavor, color, and aroma of freshly-picked mint.
Coming soon: keep an eye out for our Ginger and Lemon Zest-infusions in the coming months.
What gives Keep It Simple Syrup its golden color?
While unflavored simple syrup is clear, Spearmint-infused Keep It Simple Syrup is made with spearmint leaves, which contain chlorophyll — the natural element in all plants that makes their leaves green. By infusing flavor from spearmint leaves, Keep It Simple Syrup takes on its authentic, golden color. Some products try to mask this with artificial coloring or by using artificial flavors that are clear.
Similarly, Cinnamon-infused Keep It Simple Syrup has a rich, honey-brown hue which is completely attributed to our process of steeping genuine cinnamon pieces. We have no need for artificial colors; our ingredients provide colors that speak for themselves.