Published February 15, 2013 - Last Updated January 22, 2021
If you’ve ever made a cocktail, chances are you’ve heard of simple syrup. The name “simple” couldn’t be more accurate, because making it requires only two ingredients—sugar and water. It’s basically a liquefied form of sugar. When water and sugar are heated together, the granulated sugar dissolves, creating a syrup that can be added smoothly into beverages. Plain simple syrup is great to have on hand, and it’s a main ingredient in many cocktail recipes. Recently, my friend Ashley told me about infusing simple syrups with fresh herbs to add flavor (Ashley also helped me with my vodka infusion blog). I love anything to do with fresh herbs, so I asked her to try making some in the kitchen with me. This post is the result of our crazy herbal syrup experiment!
Infusing simple syrups is a great way to add a sweet herbal essence to drinks and recipes. Herb-infused syrups can be used for sweetening cocktails, adding flavor to tea, or even drizzling over a bowl of fresh fruit. Since they can be made with just 3 ingredients – water, sugar and fresh herbs – chances are you have everything you need right in your kitchen. Simple syrups are bottled and sold in stores, but it’s much easier and cheaper to make them yourself. And why not? Simple syrup is taken to a new level by infusing it; the fresh herbs add a sophisticated flavor and essence. There’s something really fun about making a drink from scratch, especially when you use an herb infused simple syrup as your sweetener. It will give your cocktails a lovely scent and fresh flavor that your guests will absolutely love.
Not a drinker? Never fear! Herbal simple syrups can also add a touch of sophistication to alcohol-free beverages. When you’re hosting a party, some of your guests may not want to drink a cocktail. Add infused herbal syrups to sparkling water, tea, soda, or juice to create a special “mocktail” that anybody can enjoy… even kids!
I’ve shared the step-by-step process of infusing simple syrup below. It only takes about 35 minutes. Once you’re done, you can bottle your infused syrup, label it, and keep it in the refrigerator for future use. Or, you can give it as a crafty homemade gift to somebody you love. These syrups would make an excellent addition to a Michloach Manot basket. Soon I’ll be sharing some cocktail recipes that feature these herb infused simple syrups. Stay tuned!
Recipe Ideas for Herb Infused Simple Syrups
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