This basil simple syrup is simple, delicious, and easy to make with just three ingredients.
Basil simple syrup is the perfect way to use any spare basil you might have leftover from another recipe. And if you grow your own basil, well, you can make your own basil syrup all summer long!
The best part about making basil simple syrup is that it's as easy as making a regular simple syrup - you just add a handful of basil leaves to the sugar and water mixture. Here's how you do it:
How to Make Basil Simple Syrup
Combine 1 cup of sugar, ½ cup of water, and ½ cup of washed basil leaves in a small saucepan.
Bring to a simmer on medium heat, stirring occasionally, until sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat. Let the syrup cool completely, then pour through a fine sieve into a jar or resealable container.
Tips & Variations
Although basic simple syrup lasts several weeks in the fridge, since this syrup has fresh basil added to it, I try to use it within a week.
I like experimenting with different varieties of basil - Thai basil imparts the licorice-y flavor of anise, while lemon basil adds just a hint of citrus to the syrup.
Ways to Use Basil Syrup
So how can you use your basil simple syrup? Lots of ways! Here are some ideas to get you started:
My favorite way to use this syrup is in drinks! Try adding it to iced tea, lemonade (and limeade!), or mix into cocktails instead of sugar.
Sweeten popsicles with it- like these Basil-Infused Lychee Lime Ice Pops.
Drizzle it over fresh fruit. It's delicious on strawberries, blueberries, melon, and pineapple.
Use it in a granita or sorbet, like my Meyer Lemon & Basil Sorbet.
Basil simple syrup adds a sweet, herbal note to any drink or dish. And if you're not a fan of basil, you can use this same method to make simple syrups flavored with other herbs--try it with mint for the best homemade mojitos you've ever had!
If you love this basil simple syrup, be sure to check out these other delicious ideas too:
- small saucepan
- 1 cup white sugar (organic for vegan-friendly)
- ½ cup water
- ½ cup fresh basil leaves
- Combine the sugar, water, and basil leaves in a small saucepan and heat over medium heat.
- Bring mixture to a simmer, stirring occasionally, until the sugar dissolves into the water. Remove from heat and let the syrup cool.
- Pour the basil syrup through a sieve or strainer to remove the basil leaves. Store in the fridge for up to a week.