Pour yourself some simple refreshment. Recipes for using flavored simple syrups to make sophisticated drinks.

Root Beer Float

Start to finish: 5 minutes

Servings: 1

2 ounces caramel-root beer simple syrup

2 ounces vanilla cognac

2 ounces heavy cream

Ice

Club soda or seltzer water

In a cocktail shaker, combine the syrup, cognac and cream. Fill with ice. Shake, then strain into a tall glass. Top with club soda or seltzer.

Orange Star

Start to finish: 5 minutes

Servings: 1

2 ounces orange-star anise simple syrup

2 ounces brandy

1 ounce light rum

1 ounce triple sec

1 tablespoon lemon juice

Ice

Club soda or seltzer water

In a cocktail shaker, combine the syrup, brandy, rum, triple sec and lemon juice. Fill with ice. Shake, then strain into an ice-filled cocktail glass. Top with club soda or seltzer.

Tropical ShirleyTemple

Start to finish: 5 minutes

Servings: 1

2 ounces pomegranate-pineapple simple syrup

2 ounces pineapple juice

Ice

Lemon-lime soda

Maraschino cherries

In a tall glass, stir together the syrup and juice. Fill the glass with ice, then top with soda and garnish with cherries.

Lemon-ThymeIced Tea

Start to finish: 5 minutes

Servings: 1

6 ounces unsweetened iced black tea

2 ounces lemon-thyme simple syrup

1 ounce vodka

1 ounce limoncello

1 tablespoon lemon juice

Ice

1 sprig fresh thyme

In a cocktail shaker, combine the tea, syrup, vodka, limoncello and lemon juice. Add ice, then shake. Strain into a tall ice-filled glass. Garnish with a sprig of fresh thyme.

Triple Ginger Pink Limeade

Start to finish: 5 minutes

Servings: 1

1 ounce vodka

1/2 ounce Cointreau

1 ounce ginger liqueur

2 ounces cranberry-ginger simple syrup

1 ounce lime juice

Ice

Ginger beer

In a cocktail shaker, combine the vodka, Cointreau, ginger liqueur, syrup and lime juice. Add ice, then shake. Strain into an ice-filled glass and top with ginger beer.

Raspberry-Lemon Rickey

Start to finish: 5 minutes

Servings: 1

1 ounce raspberry-lemon simple syrup

1 ounce gin

1 ounce vodka

1 ounce lemon juice

Club soda or seltzer water

Lemon wedge, for garnish

Several fresh raspberries, for garnish

In a cocktail shaker, combine the syrup, gin, vodka and lemon juice. Add ice, then shake. Strain into a cocktail glass, top with club soda or seltzer water, then garnish with a lemon wedge and few raspberries.

Vanilla Berry Rum and Coke

1 ounce light rum

1 ounce vanilla cognac

2 ounces cardamom-vanilla-berry simple syrup

Coke

In a tall glass, combine the rum, cognac and syrup. Add ice and Coke, stir gently.