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Dictionary Definition

syrup n : a thick sweet sticky liquid [syn: sirup]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. Any thick liquid that is added to or poured over food as a flavouring and has a high sugar content. Also any viscous liquid.
    maple syrup
  2. (Cockney rhyming slang; shortened from syrup of figs) A wig.



Extensive Definition

In cooking, a syrup (from Arabic sharab, beverage, via Latin siropus) is a thick, viscous liquid, containing a large amount of dissolved sugars, but showing little tendency to deposit crystals. The viscosity arises from the multiple hydrogen bonds between the dissolved sugar, which has many hydroxyl (OH) groups, and the water. Technically and scientifically, the term syrup is also employed to denote viscous, generally residual, liquids, containing substances other than sugars in solution. Artificial maple syrup is made with water and an extremely large amount of dissolved sugar. The solution is heated so more sugar can be put in than normally possible. The solution becomes super-saturated.

Pharmaceutical syrup

The syrup employed as a base for medicinal purposes consists of a concentrated or saturated solution of refined sugar in distilled water. The "simple syrup" of the British Pharmacopoeia is prepared by adding 1 kg of refined sugar to 500 mL of boiling distilled water, heating until it is dissolved and subsequently adding boiling distilled water until the weight of the whole is 1.5 kg. The specific gravity of the syrup should be 1.33. This is a 66° Brix solution.
Flavoured syrups are made by adding flavouring matter to a simple syrup. For instance, syrupus aromaticus is prepared by adding certain quantities of orange flavouring and cinnamon water to simple syrup. Similarly, medicated syrups are prepared by adding medicaments to, or dissolving them in, the simple syrup.

Culinary syrup

Golden syrup is a by-product of the process of obtaining refined crystallized sugar. Molasses is a syrup obtained at a different stage of refining. Karo Syrup is a brand of thick corn syrup made from a concentrated solution of dextrose and other sugars derived from corn starch with preservatives and flavourings. It is a staple of Southern United States cuisine, e.g., to make pecan pie, and is pronounced "KAY-row" in that region.

Syrups for beverages

A variety of beverages call for sweetening to offset the tartness of some juices used in the drink recipes. Granulated sugar does not dissolve easily in cold drinks or ethyl alcohol. Since the following syrups are liquids, they are easily mixed with other liquids in mixed drinks, making them superior alternatives to granulated sugar.

Simple syrup

A basic sugar-and-water syrup used to make drinks at bars is referred to by several names, including simple syrup, sugar syrup, simple sugar syrup, and bar syrup.
Simple syrup is made by stirring granulated sugar into hot water in a sauce pan until the sugar is dissolved and then cooling the solution. Generally, a ratio of two parts sugar to one part water is used.
This type of syrup is also commonly used at coffee shops, especially in the United States, to make flavoured drinks.

Gomme syrup

Gomme syrup is an ingredient commonly used in mixed drinks. Like bar syrups, it is a sugar and water mixture, but has an added ingredient of gum arabic which acts as an emulsifier. Gomme syrup is made with the highest percentage of sugar to water possible, while the gum arabic prevents the sugar from crystallizing and adds a smooth texture.
To make gomme syrup, bring sugar and water to a boil, then add gum powder dissolved in water. Strain for use.


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syrup in Arabic: شراب صيدلاني
syrup in Danish: Sirup
syrup in German: Sirup
syrup in Spanish: Almíbar
syrup in Esperanto: Siropo
syrup in Basque: Almibar
syrup in French: Sirop
syrup in Italian: Sciroppo
syrup in Hebrew: סירופ
syrup in Limburgan: Sjroap
syrup in Dutch: Stroop
syrup in Japanese: シロップ
syrup in Norwegian: Sirup
syrup in Polish: Syrop
syrup in Portuguese: Xarope
syrup in Russian: Сироп
syrup in Simple English: Syrup
syrup in Finnish: Siirappi
syrup in Swedish: Sirap
syrup in Chinese: 糖漿

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