A sweet way to use herbs

Running out of ideas for ways to use your excess herbs? Try making herbal simple syrups! Simply combine 2 parts sugar and 1 part water (example: 2 cups sugar and 1 cup water), and bring just to a boil in a sauce pot. Turn the heat off, and add 2 large handfuls of fresh herbs (just tear the leaves with your hands to release the flavor, no need to chop). Cover the pot and steep for 15-20 min, until the flavor is strong enough for your liking. Pour syrup through a strainer (discarding the herbs) and store in a covered container for up to 6 months in the refrigerator. Use them to flavor iced tea, lemonade, cocktails, or even serve with ice cream or as a glaze for cake! Good herbs for simple syrups: lavender, mint, thyme, basil, lemon verbena, and rosemary.

Herb-infused simple syrup

Herb-infused simple syrup