The Summer is coming to an end so quickly and I have so many recipes that I want to give you. But my, how times flies when you’re having fun. Well, that’s a lie. You all are having fun while I’m working six days a week, blogging and trying to squeeze in the occasional nap (sigh). But any-who, here is a simple recipe that will be a great addition to all of your summer cocktails and beverages. A little bit of basil, sugar and water opens the door to a plethora of pool-side drink concoctions. Enjoy!
1 cup Basil Leaves
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1. In a sauce pot on medium high heat. Add the water and sugar. Allow the mixture to come to a boil or until liquid is clear and there are no sugar crystals visible. Once mixture is boiling, toss in basil and let boil for 1 minute. Remove from the eye, cover and let basil steep for 2 or more hours. Strain mixture and store into a container. It will keep for up to 2 months, but it probably won’t last that long.
I personally enjoy using the syrup in lemonade, cake recipes and icing. I heard it also makes a killer cocktail! Let me know what creative ways you use your simple syrup.
Basil can also be substituted for Rosemary, Mint or Thyme(only 1/2 cup for Thyme).
2 thoughts on “Basil Simple Syrup”
Wow this is a great idea. I am going to make this, add to some iced tea and enjoy. Thanks Charles.
Thanks Teresa. ooh. sweet tea. I hadn’t thought of that actually, but that’s a great idea. That might be grounds for losing my ‘southern card’.