its cool white surgar works fine, I use it alot, i pretty much only drink what I make, and I always try to "brew" as cheap as possible, so store brand white surgar is usualy my go to especialy with a cider, works as priming to but def not the best, corn syrup works well to and just about as cheap. Ive made Hard Tea, its just flavored surgar water fermented out. If you want you could just ferment whitesugar and water. Any yeast will work i've made apple wine just using a bottle of apple juice and a spoon full of bread yeast, didnt taste the best but got the job done, once you get a buzz goin you dont mind the taste or atleast i didnt. no air lock just opend the bottle poured out a cup n half added a cup white surgar n half cup warm water half spoon full surgar and yeast as starter, put the lid back on and left losse, it worked I got drunk,but it was a comeitment for sure! cigarets helped.
when using white/brown surgar making a simple syrup is a good way to go as oppsed to just adding to juice, better yet you could boil some juice and your surgar to better incorperate it into the solution.