Basil Simple Syrup

September 30, 2012

Aaron and I had an unexpected visit to WA and OR this weekend. It turns out getting your car licensed in another country is a hassle and a half. In Canada, all cars must have daytime running lights. Promising to always turn your lights on doesn’t cut it—even if it’s a pinkie promise.

So, away we went.

After successfully getting our car up to Canadian standards, we were promptly pulled over just a little north of Seattle.

Our rationale: We don’t want to renew our car in WA just to turn around and do it in Canada.

Police Rationale: You did a bad job.

Somehow we escaped without a ticket. Not escaped like we drove off and a high-speed pursuit ensued but we ultimately lost them by ducking into a secret and hidden cave. No, Aaron simply worked his weirdly magical charm.

Now, Basil Simple Syrup? Yes.

This sweet little concoction is perfect for mixed drinks, adding to sparklingly water or even drizzling over a fruit salad. It has a way of making anything it touches taste wonderfully fresh.

Oh, and it’s super easy to make!

Basil Simple Syrup

1 cup water

1 cup sugar

1 cup fresh basil leaves

Combine the above ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat. Whisk the mixture until the sugar completely dissolves and it begins to come to a boil. Allow to boil for about a minute or a little longer if you want a thicker consistency. Remove from heat and let sit at least 30 minutes.

Pour the liquid through a fine mesh strainer to remove the basil and store refrigerated in a clean, airtight container.

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