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  • David Skarin

Smoked Simple Syrup

Updated: Jan 21, 2021

Smoked simple syrup is an easy way to infuse a little smokey flavoring into your cocktails. It’s also insanely easy. You can also play around with different woods but I’d suggest sticking with the “sweeter” woods such as: apple, cherry, maple, etc.


Fast Facts

Category: Cocktails

Grill: Traeger

Heat Source: Wood pellets

Type of Wood: Apple

Estimated Cook Time: 2 hours

Actual Cook Time: 2.5 hours

Estimated Cooking Temperature: 180 degrees

Actual Cooking Temperature: 180 degrees

Cook Date: August 12, 2020


Ingredient List

  • 2 cups sugar (equal parts sugar to water. So, cup for cup, etc.)

  • 2 cups water

Supply List



Step 1: Preheat your smoker to 180 degrees

Step 2: Mix water and sugar in the roasting pan. Mix well until sugar is dissolved.

Step 3: Place roasting pan on smoker and smoke for at least 2 hours. You can go longer and all that will happen is that your simple syrup will continue to evaporate and reduce creating a syrupier consistency while increasing the potency. So, if you want a sweeter and thicker simple syrup, smoke for 3 hours. If you want a touch of smoke and a thinner syrup, smoke for 2 hours.

Step 4: Remove from smoker and let cool. Pour in an airtight jar and store in a cool dark place.

Now go make yourself a cocktail!

Lessons Learned (Note: I will update this section to include your lessons learned from the comment section)

  • I did this with two different types of roasting pans. I used a heavier turkey roasting pan and a disposable aluminum roasting pan. I was hoping they would yield the same result but the actual roasting pan was far superior. It had a larger surface area, not by much, but it allowed more smoke to infuse. It also allowed for more evaporation as the pan got much warmer than the aluminum pan which created a thicker, sweater syrup. So, this can easily be adjusted pending personal preference. I think I may try a 2 to 1 mix of water to sugar and smoke longer allowing more smoke to infuse while not diminishing the consistency of “normal” simple syrup

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