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Basil Simple Syrup

Prep time 5 mins
Cook time 5 mins
Cool time 1 hr
Chill time 24 hrs
Yield Makes about 1 1/2 cups
Make this the day before your Kentucky Derby party. Once basil is discarded, keep the syrup in the fridge for up to two weeks. It is delicious with unsweetened iced tea. 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup firmly packed fresh basil sprigs

How to Make It

  1. Bring sugar and 1 cup water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Boil, stirring often, 1 minute or until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat; add basil, and cool completely (about 1 hour). Pour into a glass jar. Cover and chill 24 hours. Remove and discard basil.

  2. Mint Simple Syrup: Prepare recipe as directed, substituting fresh mint sprigs for basil sprigs.