Lemon Balm Simple Syrup

Photo: Ralph Anderson; Styling: Rose Nguyen
Stir two to three Tbsp. of this tasty syrup into Very Refreshing Iced Tea or Lemonade.

Yield:

Makes about 1 1/2 cups

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Recipe Time

Prep: 5 Minutes
Cook: 5 Minutes
Stand: 30 Minutes
Chill: 4 Hours

Ingredients

1 cup sugar*
1 cup water
1 cup loosely packed fresh lemon balm leaves
Garnish: fresh lemon balm leaves

Preparation

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 lemon balm leaves. Cover and chill 4 hours. Garnish, if desired. Syrup may be stored in refrigerator up to 1 month.

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

Note:

May 2007