Blueberry Basil Simple Syrup

Try this easy to make, super flexible recipe to add some fresh fruit zing to your summer!

A minty version of Blueberry Simple Syrup

FOR THE BLUEBERRY BASIL SYRUP: (MAKES 1 – 1 1/2 CUPS)

 1 cup sugar — (you can use coconut sugar)

 1 cup water

 1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries

A handful of fresh basil leaves

INSTRUCTIONS

In a deep saucepan, combine sugar, water and blueberries. Bring to a boil.

Reduce heat to medium. Cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes. Uncover and mash blueberries to release juice and add your basil leaves stirring to coat with blueberry mixture. Continue the simmer stirring periodically to keep it from burning until the mixture thickens to a light syrup (another 10-15 minutes, until the mixture coats the back of a spoon)..

Let it cool to room temperature. Strain and pour into a bottle. Refrigerate for a week to ten days.

A FLEXIBLE RECIPE!

You can substitute strawberries or peaches, you can swap out the basil for mint, rosemary or thyme. You can add a teaspoon of citrus zest if that suits. Have fun combining flavors like Mint/Lime/Blueberry, Peach/Thyme/Lemon, Strawberry/Orange/Basil! Combine fruits… blueberry watermelon, peach raspberry… experiment and enjoy.

TO SERVE

As a refreshing beverage: Fill glasses with ice. Add 2-3 tbsp blueberry basil syrup to each glass and top with sparkling water, lemonade, ice tea, crisp white wine or a prosecco if you are feeling fancy. Don’t forget to garnish with a bit of the herb and fruit used to make the syrup.

This syrup can also be drizzled over ice cream, shaved ice or even pound cake.