Basil Mint Simple Syrup

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Inspired by a great little coffee shop in Hastings, Nebraska, I tried my hand at making this Basil Mint Simple Syrup (I also made a basil-only version, which is also great). So far we’ve tried it in raspberry lemonade and in iced tea, but we have some later-in-the-day cocktail plans for it as well.

Ingredients:

  • Large handful of basil and/or mint leaves (about 1 cup)
  • 1 cup almost-boiling water
  • 1 cup sugar

Directions:

  1. Add the basil and mint to a heat resistant jar (like a Mason jar). Pour the hot water over; cover (a small plate works well) and let steep for 10-15 minutes.
  2. Strain out the leaves (I poured it through a strainer into a glass measuring cup); add the sugar and return to the jar (this is not as confusing as I’m making it sound).
  3. Stir to dissolve the sugar and let it cool to room temperature before storing in the refrigerator.

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