herbal simple syrup

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~ herbal simple syrup ~

Transform sugar, water and herbs into a flavorful syrup that will make your iced tea and lemonade sing! It’s so simple I could hardly believe it. The result is a gorgeous syrup that will keep in your fridge all summer. Little bottles of this would make lovely favors for a tea party in the garden.

How to make some teatime magic…

3 cups water

3 cups sugar

generous handful of fresh thyme, basil and mint (about 1/2 cup total)

Place the above ingredients in a saucepan. Stir and bring to boil. Boil for one minute. Remove from heat and allow all of the ingredients to rest and cool for 30 minutes. After the 30 minutes is up, gently rough up the herbs with a muddler or a fork to release as many of those yummy oils as possible. Strain and pour into a bottle using a funnel. Label and store in your refrigerator until ready to use.


*a sweetener for iced tea, lemonade and Arnie Palmers

* a lovely, fresh addition to summer cocktails

* lightly drizzle over vanilla ice cream or gelato

* drizzle over fresh fruit

* use as a sweetener for summer cakes

* mix a little with shaved ice for a refreshing warm weather treat

~ herbal essence vodka fizz ~

fill a lowball or rocks glass with ice

add a shot of vodka and a shot of herbal simple syrup

top with club soda or seltzer water

garnish with herb sprigs and pesticide-free rose petals



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  8 comments for “herbal simple syrup

  1. May 18, 2012 at 11:26 am

    I just love this Melissa! I have different types of simple syrups and love the herbal ones! Thank you for another great recipe! The picture is amazing by the way! :0)

    • Melissa
      May 18, 2012 at 11:30 am

      thanks Tara! I had only ever made the plain sugar syrup for tea, ginger/peppercorn, and cherry. It’s fun to play with herbs and flowers! xo

  2. Tamie Blum
    May 20, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    Thanks Melissa! This sounds delicious and I will definitely use it this summer! I love your vintage presentation too; would be a nice gift accompanied with a favorite vodka or wine and would be lovely in Sangria.(:

    • Melissa
      May 20, 2012 at 4:52 pm

      Thanks Tamie!Love the idea for the gift. I’m going to have to do that! 🙂

  3. Tammy
    October 31, 2012 at 11:51 am

    How long will this last, do you store it in the fridge and can I make a simple vanilla or hazelnut syrup? Thanks!

    • Melissa
      October 31, 2012 at 5:44 pm

      it will last in the fridge for about 2 months. 🙂 I make ginger peppercorn simple syrup all the time…I’m sure vanilla or hazelnut would work. Thanks for visiting!

  4. November 18, 2012 at 9:46 am

    Im on my way to the herb garden to harvest. This is a nice idea. Great for Christmas gifts for foodie friends!
    Thanks for sharing.

    • Melissa
      November 18, 2012 at 9:55 am

      Hello Linda! So pleased you like the idea! thanks for visiting, and happy gift making! 🙂

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