Jalapeno Simple Syrup Recipe

An easy way to spice up your sipping…

Looking for a moderate kick for your cocktail? Using a jalapeño simple syrup instead of a basic syrup may be all that you need. Jalapeños provide a medium heat, so it’ll spice things up just enough to be interesting, but not so much as to turn off you or your guests.


  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 jalapeno (sliced length wise)

Directions :

  1. Combine sugar and water in medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir until sugar dissolves (liquid will ‘clear up’)
  2. Add sliced jalapeno (don’t touch your eyes after touching jalapenos!) bring to a simmer, reduce heat to low. Cook (keeping a watchful eye!) for 12 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat. Cover and let steep for 10 minutes.
  4. Strain syrup carefully (it’s probably still hot) and cool completely. I put mine in mason jars, but any airtight container will work. Will keep for approx. 2 weeks in refrigerator.

The ratio of sugar to water in simple syrup :

There are different ratios used in common simple syrup recipes to alter the viscosity and sweetness. If you increase the amount of sugar used in simple syrup the syrup will have a thicker, more syrupy consistency. and a sweeter flavor.

A thick simple syrup is often used in cocktails like a classic Old Fashioned; the thick simple syrup gives the cocktail a thicker viscosity (mouthfeel) and body.

Standard Simple SyrupThick Simple Syrup
1 cup sugar2 cup sugar
1 cup water1 cup water

Additionally, you can swap out the type of sugar you use in your simple syrup! Try using brown or coconut sugar for rich caramel notes and flavors.

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