The Ultimate Simple-Syrups Cheat Sheet. 50 fail-safe formulas for simplifying syrups. Sweetness. It’s one of our four main tastes (yes, five if you count umami), and it’s a key component to any good drink, helping balance acid, bitterness and even booze. Want to spice up a soda with a little cardamom or clove? Need a simple syrup for a Mint Julep? It's all here.