DIY Smoked Simple Syrup For Smoked Cocktails

DIY Smoked Simple Syrup on a Traeger grill. How to make smoked simple syrup with uses for smoked simple syrup for smoked cocktails to serve at a barbecue.

What Is Simple Syrup?

Well, the name says it all. Simple syrup is a mixture of water and sugar, usually 50/50 that’s boiled until all the sugar is dissolved. Allow it to cool and you’ve got the basic ingredient of an endless number of cocktails. Of course, there are ways to jazz it up and today I’m going to show you how infuse yours with some smokey goodness that’s perfect for your home bar.

What Wood Do I Use For DIY Smoked Simple Syrup?

This is a good question! There are so many different kinds of woods that people use for smoking that it can get overwhelming. So, I asked friend of the blog Mary Cressler from Vindulge.com for some sage advice

I’m a fan of fruit woods. They taste better to me in things like smoked simple syrups, and add a nice sweetness (which would benefit a cocktail). –Mary Cressler of Vindulge

Taking Mary’s advice, here’s a list of woods could use to make your DIY smoked simple syrup: alder, apple, apricot, cherry, mulberry, nectarine, or pear. Pecan and maple also make a good simple syrup. This time I used applewood pellets and the result was good that I almost drank the whole bottle.

DIY Smoked Simple Syrup

How Do I Smoke Simple Syrup?

Like I said, the recipe is simple enough. Preheat your smoker to 180°F. I have a Traeger Pellet Smoker and what I do is set mine to “smoke” and that keeps it at about 180°F. Next, pour two cups of water and two cups of sugar into, and this is important, a 9″x13″ roasting pan. In order for the syrup to absorb as much smoke as it can you need to pour it into a vessel with a lot of surface area. The high walls of the roasting pan make it easy to pour out into a jar or a bottle when you’ve finished smoking. Put the roasting pan directly on the grill grates of your smoker and let it go for 2 hours.

That’s it. Transfer your smoked simple syrup to a bottle or jar and store in a cool, dark place. The fridge works too.


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DIY Smoked Simple Syrup

DIY Smoked Simple Syrup on a Traeger grill. How to make smoked simple syrup with uses for smoked simple syrup for smoked cocktails to serve at a barbecue.

Course Cocktails
Cuisine American
Keyword DIY Smoked Simple Syrup
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 5 minutes
Calories 64 kcal
Author Matt Cetta

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups Filtered Water
  • 2 Cups Sugar
  • Fruit Wood Pellets or Chips*

Instructions

  1. Preheat a smoker to 180°F**

  2. Pour water into a 9"x13" roasting pan. Add sugar and still until well combined. Place the pan directly on your smoker's grill grates. Smoke for 2 hours, stirring occasionally.

  3. When finished, transfer the smoked simple syrup to a bottle or jar and store in a cool dark place or the refrigerator.

Recipe Notes

*Flavors include: alder, apple, apricot, cherry, mulberry, nectarine, pear, or plumb. Pecan and maple also make a good simple syrup. 

**On a Traeger Pellet Grill, this is the "smoke setting"

Recipe adapted from Christie Vanover of Girls Can Grill

Nutrition Facts
DIY Smoked Simple Syrup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 64
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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