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Basil Simple Syrup

Flavored simple syrup can bring new life to your favorite beverages. And just like the name implies, it is so simple to do! Basil, in particular, pairs deliciously with strawberries and lemons. Try this basil simple syrup in place of sour mix in a strawberry margarita or as a sweetener to homemade lemonade. It's so refreshing that you'll be inspired to create your own drink recipes!

Basil Syrup


  • 1 cup of fresh basil leaves
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water


  1. Mix the water and sugar in a small saucepan. Add basil leaves and bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring until all the sugar is dissolved.
  2. Simmer and stir frequently for about 12 to 15 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely.
  4. Strain out leaves and pour into a jar. Store in the refrigerator for about a week.

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5 out of 5 stars Mar 14, 2021
I've been making basil simple syrup for ages. I love it on anything that calls for simple syrup. We also love it on top of lemon sorbet.
Halina from FL

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5 out of 5 stars Oct 23, 2021
I've been making basil simple syrup for years. Outside of the season I buy the whole basil plants sold by Trader Joe's and use the whole plant, rinsed. I make my sugar syrup a little thicker than this recipe -- 1 cup sugar to 2/3 cups water. I don't simmer the basil but put it in the hot syrup just after it's finished and leave it steeping for a long time -- maybe 90 minutes. Mine stores in the fridge for months. It makes a great soda pop with unsweetened flavored soda water such as peach-nectarine. It's great in iced tea. I use it to brighten fruit salad, and to brush over warm cake layers before frosting. Makes a good cocktail too. Most other herbs can be treated the same way, though I do simmer the woodier ones such as rosemary for a few moments before steeping.

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