Simple syrups live up to their name, they are super simple to make.
Why waste time going to the store to buy them when you likely have what you need to make them right in your kitchen cabinets.
Have sugar? Have water? You’re set.
Even better, herb – infused simple syrups are a great use for those fresh herbs you get weekly in your AHO box and add a refreshing, seasonal burst of flavor to your favorite drinks and dishes.
So how do you get started?
It’s easy: grab a small saucepan and toss it on the stove top on medium heat. Combine sugar and water in a 1:1 ratio (ie. 1 cup of water for every one cup of granulated sugar) and heat and stir until the mixture becomes clear.
Be sure to have about 2-3 sprigs of your your herbs cleaned and prepped waiting in a container large enough to fill with your syrup (more herbs = stronger infusion). Pour the warm syrup into this container and allow the herbs to infuse into the syrup while it cools. If you want to use a variety of herbs, be sure to separate out the herbs into different bowls – or better yet – get creative in your combos and mix a few herbs together in one infusion.
Give the syrup about 2 hrs to steep. Strain the herbs out and transfer the syrup to seal-able containers (decorative containers make great gifts btw- you can add back in herbs when you are ready to serve like the photo below).
Your infused syrups should keep for 1-2 weeks but its best to use them as close as possible to when they are made for the most enjoyment and potency.
Need some ideas of how to use them? Give these combinations a try.
Peach Ice Cream with Thyme Syrup
Strawberry Lemonade with Basil Syrup
Hot Latte with Lavender Syrup