I always like to look around for recipes that will give simple things like adding sugar to a beverage a little something extra. I use this syrup to sweeten iced tea and lemonade because basil gives it a special and aromatic sweetness. If you can find the time to make it, I recommend it. It really takes no time at all to make, you just have to wait for the sugar to dissolve in the hot water, but we’re usually in a hurry and its easier to just grab a coke. Find a little time to keep natural beverages available at home, especially if you have kids.
I’ve been searching for dried lavender to try lavender syrup as a sweetener, but for the life of me… I haven’t been able to find it, I don’t think its available in Guatemala. If anyone knows where I can find some here, let us know!
1 cup water
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup fresh basil
- Bring water and sugar to a boil in a small saucepan, stirring until sugar dissolves.
- Remove from heat, add basil, and let steep for 10 minutes.
- Remove the basil with a slotted spoon of with a strainer. You can keep the syrup in the fridge to use as a single serving sweetner, or use it to sweeten a pitcher of iced tea or lemonade.
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