I really needed basil today, but didn't feel like going to the store. Then I walked around the corner of the house and saw D's African blue basil. Sweet serendipity!
I clipped a few stems and headed back into the kitchen to make a simple syrup that I needed for a #BrunchWeek libation. And the great thing: I had plenty left for other cocktail crafting that I needed to do.
- 1 C organic granulated sugar (I used Dixie Crystals)*
- 1 C water
- 25 leaves of African blue basil
- 2 to 3 blossoms of African blue basil
Place sugar and water together in a medium saucepan. Over medium heat, cook until the sugar is completely dissolved. Let simmer for 1 minute. For a thicker syrup, cook it longer. We prefer ours thin. Submerge the leaves and blossoms until they are completely covered. Let stand until syrup is cooled. Pour into a sterile mason jar but do not strain.
Disclaimer - Thank you to #BrunchWeek Sponsor Dixie Crystals for providing me samples and product to use for #BrunchWeek. All opinions are my own.