Basil Simple Syrup for Italian Drinks and Cocktails

Italian Basil Simple Syrup is a great, easy syrup to add to lemonade, to sweeten it and add a delicate taste that's delicious
Photo by Travis Neighbor Ward

I discovered this simple syrup when I moved to Italy and tasted lemonade that was deliciously sweet, but also had some added flavor I couldn’t quite pinpoint. What was it? Basil! Since then I’ve discovered that it takes less than 10 minutes to make, and is a fun gift if you put it in a Mason jar, add a label, and tie on a pretty ribbon like I did above. (I need someone to teach me how to tie ribbons better!)

If you’re reluctant to try it because you just can’t imagine drinking basil juice, I urge you to give a shot once to see why Italians love it so much!!

There are only a few ingredients: sugar, water, and basil.

The ingredients for basil simple syrup are sugar, basil and water. The recipe is on Patch of Earth, www.patchofearth.com!
Photo by Travis Neighbor Ward

 

Basically you just boil the basil in sugar and water.

This Basil Simple Syrup by Travis Neighbor Ward on Patch of Earth takes less than 10 minutes to make and taste delicious!
Photo by Travis Neighbor Ward

 

Then you remove the basil leaves, strain it, and let it cool. That’s pretty much it! You can add it to lemonade or cocktails.

Here’s my recipe for basil simple syrup:

Basil Simple Syrup Recipe

Italian Basil Simple Syrup is a great, easy syrup to add to lemonade, to sweeten it and add a delicate taste that's delicious Basil simple syrup is an easy to make syrup that Italians add to drinks, to sweeten them up. It only takes 7 minutes to make, and adds a delicate flavor.

  • Prep Time: 2m
  • Cook Time: 5m
  • Total Time: 7m
  • Yield: 1 cup
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Ingredients

  • 12 fresh basil leaves, washed
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water

Instructions

  1. Combine the basil, water, and sugar in a small saucepan.
  2. Simmer until the sugar is fully dissolved, which takes about 5 minutes
  3. Remove from the heat and strain it, then set aside to cool.
  4. Store in the refrigerator.

Have you tried making this basil simple syrup? Did you like it? Leave a comment below!

This Italian Basil Simple Syrup takes 7 minutes to make, and can sweeten a whole batch of lemonade. Great for cocktails, too. The recipe is on Patch of Earth, www.patchofearth.com.
Photos by Travis Neighbor Ward

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