Name: Fresh Herb Simple Syrup
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total Prep: 15 minutes
Fresh herb of choice
1 part sugar
1 part water
Pinch of salt
Fennel, basil, mint, lavender, sage, stevia, rosemary, thyme, lemon balm, lemongrass, ginger or cilantro work well. You will need more of a mild herb and less of a potent herb. Herbs like fennel and ginger are more potent than rosemary and lavender.
Prepare the herb by washing, removing stems. For some herbs such as fennel, you can use either the fronds or the bulb. The bulb will need to be chopped. The same applies to ginger. With lemongrass, the blades will need to be crushed.
In a medium saucepan heat, sugar and water over medium heat until sugar is dissolved.
Add the herb and salt. Simmer for five minutes. Remove from heat and let cool. Strain through a fine-meshed sieve or cheesecloth. Discard herbs. Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
Use to flavor teas, cocktails, an ice cream topping or make a homemade ice cream using the syrup to flavor and sweeten it. The possibilities are endless!
Michele S. – North Dakota