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Pineapple-Basil Syrup

Photo: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller
Hands-on time 10 mins
Total time 40 mins
Yield Makes 2 1/2 cups
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.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup firmly packed basil leaves

How to Make It

  1. 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.