Give your iced tea or cocktails an extra-fresh zing with Pineapple-Basil Syrup. The relaxing, tropical flavor of pineapple is the perfect way to welcome porch season.
Makes 2 1/2 cups
2 cups sugar
1 cup pineapple juice
1 cup water
1 cup firmly packed basil leaves
Bring sugar, pineapple juice, and water to a boil in a medium saucepan, stirring just until sugar dissolves. Boil 2 minutes. (Do not stir.) Remove from heat. Add basil leaves, and steep 10 minutes. Press through a wire-mesh strainer into a bowl, using back of a spoon to squeeze out liquid; discard solids. Cool completely (about 20 minutes). Transfer to a jar; cover and refrigerate up to 3 months.