A staple in many of the Smuggler’s Cove drinks:

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup demerara sugar
  • 3 cups granulated sugar

Bring the water to a boil in a saucepan over high heat. Add the demerara sugar and stir vigorously with a whisk (or use an immersion blender) until the sugar is dissolved, about 1 minute (the water should become clear). Add the granulated sugar and stir vigorously until dissolved, about 1 minute. Remove from heat and let cool.

I could not find demerara sugar where I live so I just bought it on Amazon. There is no way I could use all of this as written, so I cut it by four (i.e. I used a quarter cup demerara sugar) and it fit perfectly in the squeeze bottles I use for cocktail ingredients.

Demerara sugar is made from cane juice that is lightly processed. It is light brown but different than brown sugar (which has molasses added) and has more of a caramel flavor.