Basil Simple Syrup
Makes 1 cup of syrup.
My basil was burning up in my backyard and I needed to use it up so I decided to make a simple basil syrup.
First I have to separate the dead leaves from the ones that are still good. Then I wash the usable leaves.
Get one cup of water.
Bring it to a boil and add one cup of sugar. (I know that's a lot of sugar but you don't use much of the basil syrup in each drink.
Turn down heat a bit and stir until sugar dissolves.
Turn off the heat and add basil.
Stir the basil until it's wilted down.
Keep the pot on the warm burner and let the basil sit in the sugar water until cooled.
Using a slotted spoon, remove the large pieces of basil and press your fingers against the basil to squeeze out all of the liquid.
Use a fine mesh strainer to get out the smaller bits of basil.
Pop it in a jar and you can store it in the fridge for a few weeks!
An adult drink option a shot of basil syrup, shot of vodka and a cup of coconut water over ice!
Another option, add a couple of tablespoons to pink lemonade.
Try it in all kinds of drinks.