During the spring and summer, 1:1 syrup is the recommended best food. The ratio 1:1 means equal parts by weight of sugar and water. A quick, easy, and “close enough” way to make this is to fill your mixing vessel approx 3/4 full of granulated sugar, and then fill it with warm water. Shake or stir until all the sugar is dissolved.
- Do not use powdered sugar. It contains cornstarch. Use granulated sugar.
- Fill the jar 3/4 full by volume with sugar, then fill with warm water.
In the fall and winter, the recommended ratio is 2:1 sugar to water. This can easily crystallize when cold. Get as close as you can to 2:1.