Sugar syrup is an essential ingredient if you are making certain type of sweets. You could use other sweeteners like maple syrup of course. However, it has distinct flavor that may interfere with the delicate taste of some recipes. Here is an easy way to make a neutral sugar syrup at home.
Dissolve the sugar in the water and bring to a boil.
When it boils reduce the fire and add the lemon juice
Cook on slow fire for 10 minutes, or until the mixture thickens a bit and and darkens
Do not add more than a table spoon of lemon juice. This will make the syrup taste sour.