Sweet Lemon Syrup

Lemon syrup couldn’t be easier to make. It’s literally just a matter of boiling water!  In just a matter of minutes, you have a delicious and refreshing addition to all sorts of dishes.

I’m sure that once you taste this sunny rendition of simple syrup, you’ll think of all sorts of ways to use it. Here’s a short list of uses that have occurred to me so far:

-a sugary topping on fresh fruit, ice cream or sorbet

-a moist addition to cakes such as poundcake or gingerbread

-a flavor enhancer to cobbler and pie fillings

-a zesty mixer in drinks… anything from iced tea to cocktails

The possibilities for this simple syrup are endless, so please let me know any and all great uses you think of!

Lemon Syrup Recipe


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1 cup water


Step 1
Today my lemons were very small and a little on the older side. It took me like five or six just to barely get 2 Tbs. Luckily I always have a ton of lemons lying around the house.

I have no idea how many lemons it'll take you to get two full tablespoons of zest. I say when in doubt, buy more lemons!
Step 2
Add the sugar and zest to a medium saucepan.

It occurred to me that if you were to just mix these two things together it would probably make a delicious and versatile lemon sugar.

Then it occurred to me that we're here to make syrup and not sugar.
Step 3
So I snapped out of it and added the two liquid ingredients to the pan.

Stir everything together, and turn the burner onto a medium heat.
Step 4
Continue to stir regularly as the sugar dissolves and the liquid begins to just bubble. This takes around 7-8 minutes.
Step 5
Once the bubbling begins, continue to stir and bubble for another 4 minutes.
Step 6
Pull the pan off the heat, and allow to completely cool.
Step 7
Pour into any container that will make this refreshing sweet syrup easy to stream over your favorite desserts!
Step 8
Obviously this syrup is wonderful over fresh fruit but also consider adding it to: cocktails, ice cream, gingerbread, cakes, or anything else you can think of. My sister has considered drinking it straight out of the jar!
Step 9
Ok so maybe don't take it that far! But definitely try this wonderful dessert addition, and let me know how you use it!
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