Syrups are a key ingredient in many cocktails, helping to smooth out the base spirit and balance sour citrus juice.
It’s easy to make simple syrup at home with equal parts sugar and water (or 2-to-1 for a rich syrup), just simmer over a low flame to combine.
Flavored syrups add extra oomph and wow factor to your cocktails. But the most common brands are made with high fructose corn syrup and artificial flavoring.
Look for labels with sugar or cane sugar as the sweetener for a higher quality option.