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Basil Simple Syrup

Photo: Ralph Anderson; Styling: Rose Nguyen
Prep time 5 mins
Cook time 5 mins
Stand time 30 mins
Chill time 4 hrs
Yield Makes about 1 1/2 cups
Stir two to three tablespoons of this tasty syrup into your favorite iced tea or lemonade.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar*
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup loosely packed fresh basil
  • Garnish: fresh basil sprigs

How to Make It

  1. Stir together first 3 ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally, and boil 1 minute or until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat, and let stand 30 minutes. Pour liquid through a wire-mesh strainer into a cruet or airtight container, discarding basil. Cover and chill 4 hours. Garnish, if desired. Syrup may be stored in refrigerator up to 1 month.

  2. *3/4 cup sugar/no-calorie sweetener may be substituted. For testing purposes only, we used Splenda Sugar Blend for Baking.

  3. Lemon Balm Simple Syrup: Substitute 1 cup loosely packed fresh lemon balm leaves for fresh basil. Prepare recipe as directed. Garnish with fresh lemon balm leaves, if desired.

  4. Mint Simple Syrup: Substitute 1 cup loosely packed fresh mint leaves for fresh basil. Prepare recipe as directed. Garnish with fresh mint leaves, if desired.

  5. Rosemary Simple Syrup: Substitute 4 fresh rosemary sprigs for fresh basil. Prepare recipe as directed. Garnish with fresh rosemary sprigs, if desired.