Simple Syrup and Rich Simple Syrup


Simple syrup is at the base of many cocktails.  It is simply equal parts sugar and water.  There is no substitute for the sweetness and the mouth feel of sugar.  If a drink calls for sugar, such as a Champagne Cocktail or classic Old Fashioned, nothing adequately replaces the sugar.  However, 1 ounce of simple syrup has 95 Kcal and 25 grams of carbs. Sweeteners such as Splenda and Equal, are sweet and that’s it.  WheyLow is fructose and milk proteins which are sweet, have a mouth feel similar to sugar and greatly reduced the carbs and Kcals.  However, WheyLow will not stay in solution unless you bring it to a rolling boil that you cannot stir down.  This means that you cannot use WheyLow as effectively in alcohol containing liquids.  You can do it, but the solution will need to be used within a few days.

So, if you want to have a real cocktail and you don’t have some dietary issue, use sugar.  Think of it as a cookie.  You will not get fat eating a cookie.  You have to eat a lot of cookies to get fat.  The same is true with cocktails.  Of course, drinking a lot of cocktails will bring other problems than fat.  So eat one cookie or have one cocktail and relax!

I’ll shut-up now.  Here’s the recipe:

  • 1 part sugar or WheyLow see Note
  • 1 part water
  1. Boil
  2. Cool
  3. Use

Note: For Rich Simple Syrup use 2 parts sugar or WheyLow and 1 part water.


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