Simple Syrup

Here is the Simple Syrup recipe that goes along with the Sunny Margarita recipe. Who knew it would be so, well, simple? Ok, totally in my defense, how many times have you seen something that was supposed to be super easy to make, and once you got started you realized they meant if you were Martha Stewart? I hate to disappoint, but I’m not Martha Stewart (yes, I realize this is a shock and I send my most humble of apologizes.). I’m just a girl that loves to cook. Works full time, and has a husband and kids to feed. But not simple syrup, I do not feed my kids simple syrup. Crap! Unless its going in to Berto’s fresh squeezed lemon aide, but that’s really not feeding it to them. Oy vey . .


2 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup water
1/2 lemon juiced


Combine all 3 ingredients in saucepan over medium-high heat and bring to boil. All sugar crystals should be completely dissolved. Remove from heat and pour into a clean, medium-sized bowl. Cool completely before using. To speed up cooling process, sink bowl in ice bath. Simple syrup can be stored in the refrigerator indefinitely, if kept in an airtight container.


* From Food Network

Sunny Margarita

Saturday started out fairly mild, weather wise. It was supposed to be HOT, but when I was picking the kids up from Spanish at 12:30, it was just warm. Pretty warm, but not way too warm. Another parent and I were even commenting that the weather people got it wrong. It simply wasn’t blazing. The problem? I didn’t knock on wood or anything. Not even my skull (you know, when there isn’t any wood available, it kind of subs in). That meant it got hot, and fast. Turned out around 100. And to me, that’s hot. That’s “I need a cool and refreshing cocktail” hot. No worries, Sunny Margarita was there to save the day (hmm, what color would a margarita super hero cape be?Yellow, maybe??)


1 cup tequila
1/2 cup Triple Sec or Cointreau
1/2 cup fresh orange juice
2 tsp Simple Syrup (recipe also on this blog)
3 Tbs lime juice


Add all ingredients into a pitcher and stir to combine. Pour into glasses with ice and enjoy!

Some variations: can salt or sugar rim, can place pitcher in refrigerator to chill, can shake in martini shaker to chill; can also serve with orange slice as garnish. I didn’t do any of these. Did I mention that by¬†Bay Area standards it was HOT??

Serves 4

Total time: 20 minutes

Margarita Photo

*Derived from Family Fresh Meals