Sunday, September 11, 2011

Herb-Infused Simple Syrup

Herb-infused Simple Syrup
1 cup sugar (I use raw)
1 cup water
Big bunch of whatever fresh herb you want to infuse (e.g., basil, mint, cilantro, rosemary, etc.)
Add sugar and water to a big-enough pot and bring to a boil, stir until sugar dissolves. Lower heat to a slow simmer and reduce until desired consistency is achieved (this will depend on what you are doing with the syrup, thinner is better for things like candied fruit rinds, thicker is better for things like sweet cocktails). A thin syrup is ready after 10 minutes or so, a nice thick syrup is achieved after reducing approximately 45 minutes. (Oh yeah, don’t let this stuff burn! Remember, we are not making candy and burnt sugar STICKS!) When your syrup is ready, turn off heat and add your herbs. Cool to room temperature. Store in a glass jar in the refrigerator, the longer the herbs sit in the syrup, the stronger the flavor. Strain syrup before using.