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How to make herbal sugar syrup

How to make herbal sugar syrup

How to Make Herbal Sugar Syrup

Yield: 1/2 cup
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Herbal sugar syrups are used occasionally in natural remedies, but more often - because of how sugar behaves when frozen and heated - as flavoring for ices and candies.

Materials

  • 1/4 cup pure water
  • 1/4 cup evaporated cane juice OR honey
  • your choice of herbs, coarsely chopped (see notes below for ideas and quantities)

Tools

  • small, heavy bottomed saucepan
  • small, heat-proof bowl
  • fork or small sieve

Instructions

    1. Place water and sugar in a small heavy-bottomed saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
    2. Let boil for about 1 minute, then pour into small heatproof bowl and add the chopped herbs.
    3. Stir to make sure the herbs are entirely covered with the syrup, let sit for at least 10 minutes, then strain the herbs out with a fork or small sieve, pressing them to release any remaining syrup back into the bowl.
    4. Let sit until cool, then use in the recipe as directed.

Notes

  • For mint sugar syrup: 8-10 fresh mint leaves
  • For basil sugar syrup: 2-3 large basil leaves
  • For rosemary sugar syrup: leaves from 1 large sprig fresh rosemary
  • For sage sugar syrup: 4-6 fresh sage leaves
  • For lavendar sugar syrup: 1-2 teaspoons dried lavendar blossoms

Any herb can be used

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