How to make herbal sugar syrup

How to Make Herbal Sugar Syrup

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How to make herbal sugar syrup

How to Make Herbal Sugar Syrup

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.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time5 minutes
Additional Time20 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Servings: 1 /2 cup


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


  • ¼ cup pure water
  • ¼ cup evaporated cane juice OR honey
  • your choice of herbs, coarsely chopped (see notes below for ideas and quantities)


  • Place water and sugar in a small heavy-bottomed saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
  • Let boil for about 1 minute, then pour into small heatproof bowl and add the chopped herbs.
  • 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.
  • Let sit until cool, then use in the recipe as directed.


  • 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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