Turbinado Simple Syrup

Simple syrup has that name for a reason. It's crazy easy to make, typically a ratio of 1 part sugar to 1 part water. You may see the term "rich" simple syrup, which can be either a 2:1 or 3:1 sugar to water ratio. But regardless of the ratio, most simple syrups are just made with plain white sugar and water, so besides adding sweetness, there's not much else they do for a cocktail. 

That's where this recipe comes in. Turbinado sugar is made from the initial pressing of the sugar cane. Unlike white, processed sugar, it still has impurities (FLAVOR!) left behind. Don't confuse it with brown sugar, which is just white sugar that gets some molasses added to it. Turbinado or demerara sugar have significantly more flavor and are excellent additions to cocktail recipes, adding a touch of complexity in addition to the sweetness.



1 cup turbinado sugar

1 cup water (use filtered or bottled water to avoid adding other flavor)


Put them in a pot, bring it to a boil and let it cool. It will keep for a couple weeks in the fridge.


Cocktail Recipes using Turbinado Simple Syrup:

Passionfruit Syrup

A common ingredient in many tiki drinks, passionfruit syrup is simple to make - once you find the passionfruit purée, that is.

We recently set out on a mission to find passionfruit. And we succeeded - after a few stops. What we discovered is that you can often find it in Hispanic or global markets. Check the freezer section and you'll see that they have froze fruit pulp. In this case it was 100% pure passionfruit puree. Nice. (We found ours at K&S World Market on Nolensville Road)

One thing about passionfruit, is that is not naturally very sweet. In fact, it's sour as hell. To make this syrup, you'll essentially make a simple syrup compounded with the passion fruit purée. Once made, it will keep refrigerated for a couple weeks. If you make a large batch like this, feel free to freeze some of the syrup in ice cube trays so you can thaw out bits at a time when you need it.



2 cups passionfruit purée

3 cups sugar

1 cup water


Bring all ingredients to a boil in a large saucepan and cook until sugar is dissolved. That's it.


Cocktails with Passionfruit Syrup

Cinnamon Syrup

This simple cinnamon syrup is essentially a flavored simple syrup. Once made, it will keep for a few weeks in the refrigerator and is great in tiki drinks as well as fall and winter boozy bourbon and whiskey drinks. It's also fantastic in punches.

Adapted from a recipe from Beachbum Berry's Potions of the Caribbean, this syrup was a common ingredient at the famous Don the Beacomber, labeled simply as "Don's Spices #4" in his original recipe books to keep competitors from copying his recipes. 



3-4 cinnamon sticks

1 cup water

1 cup sugar


To make the syrup, crush the cinnamon sticks and place in a small saucepan with a tight-fitting lid. Add the water and sugar and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer for 5 minutes before removing from heat and letting sit, covered, for 2 hours. Strain through a coffee filter and refrigerate your syrup between uses.


Cocktail Recipes Using Cinnamon Syrup: