Suspension Syrup Recipe

Suspension Syrup

In the dynamic realms of modern gastronomy and mixology, the pursuit of innovation and texture modification plays a crucial role in crafting memorable experiences. One of the pivotal ingredients that have emerged as a game-changer is the suspension syrup—a simple yet versatile concoction of water, sugar, and Xanthan Gum. So, what is suspension syrup?, What are its applications?, and why chefs and bartenders  harness its properties to elevate their culinary and beverage creations?

Let’s start with the basics.

What is Suspension Syrup?

Suspension syrup is a thick, stable mixture where fine particles are evenly dispersed throughout a liquid without dissolving. In its basic form, it combines water and sugar with xanthan gum, a powerful thickening agent derived from bacterial fermentation, which serves as the backbone of the syrup’s textural properties. The xanthan gum not only stabilizes the mixture, preventing the separation of ingredients but also provides a smooth, consistent texture that is ideal for various culinary applications.

Culinary Applications

In the kitchen, suspension syrup can be a chef’s ally in achieving the perfect consistency and enhancing the visual appeal of dishes:

  • Sauces and Dressings: By adding suspension syrup, chefs can ensure that spices, herbs, or other flavorings remain evenly distributed, providing consistent flavor and texture in every bite.
  • Desserts and Glazes: Suspension syrup can be used to create glossy, appealing coatings for desserts or fruits, which remain intact and visually attractive without the ingredients sinking or separating.

Mixology Applications for Cocktail Bars

For mixologists, suspension syrup opens up a world of creativity, allowing for the creation of visually stunning and texturally unique cocktails:

  • Layered Cocktails: The syrup can be used to adjust the density of different layers in a cocktail, enabling the creation of striking, multi-layered drinks that are sure to impress.
  • Infused Spirits: Suspension syrup can act as a medium for infusing flavors into spirits, where ingredients like herbs, spices, or fruit peels are suspended throughout the alcohol, enhancing the flavor profile and visual appeal.

Harnessing Suspension Syrup

Using suspension syrup requires understanding its behavior under different conditions:

  • Consistency Control: Depending on the desired thickness, the amount of xanthan gum can be adjusted. A little goes a long way—start with small amounts and increase as needed.
  • Flavor Pairing: Since the base is relatively neutral, it can be infused with a variety of flavors, from vanilla or citrus for desserts to bold spices for savory dishes.


Suspension syrup is not just a culinary ingredient; it’s a canvas for innovation in both food and drink preparation. By mastering the use of this simple yet effective tool, chefs and mixologists can push the boundaries of traditional textures and flavors, creating extraordinary gastronomic experiences that captivate and delight the senses. So, embrace the art of suspension, and let your creative juices flow—literally!

Happy cooking!

Suspension Syrup Recipe

Suspension Syrup

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This Suspension Syrup Recipe is used in several of our Molecular Gastronomy Cocktail recipes.
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Prep time 30 minutes
Cuisine Molecular
Servings 4 4



  • Combine the sugar and water in a pan and heat while stirring until the sugar is completely dissolved.
  • Allow the syrup to cool at room temperature then blend in the Xanthan Gum until the mixture thickens slightly. Finally, pass through a fine sieve.
  • This will keep well in the fridge for a week.
Keywords Sugar, Water, xanthan gum
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