Behind the Bar: Burnt Sugar Syrup

A burnt sugar syrup is a bitter alternative to traditional simple syrup. It is best served with brown liquor, like whiskey, in drinks like an old fashioned or whiskey sour. The bitterness of the burnt sugar pairs perfectly with sour but can also be used with sweet.

Burnt Sugar Syrup

2 cups sugar
1 cup water

Melt sugar in a stainless steel or aluminum pot on the stove. Add water to make syrup. Store in cool place.

Photo courtesy of liquor.com

Photo courtesy of liquor.com

Burnt Sugar Old Fashioned

1 orange slice
3 maraschino cherries
4 dashes bitters
1 1/2 ounces whiskey
1 ounce burnt sugar syrup
1 ounce sour mix
1/2 ounce soda

Muddle orange, cherries, bitters, syrup and whiskey. Fill glass with ice. Add sour and soda.

Recipe from Jeff Milhaupt of Village Hearthstone.

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