Fresh herbs are a great way to spruce up cocktails, contributing a unique and earthy flavor to everything from gin and tonics to bloody marys. Infusing simple syrups with herbs is a great way to add a desirable herbal flavor without the hassle of picking pesky leaves out of your drink. Impress your (taste) buds with these eight, easy-to-make herbaceous simple syrups.
Simple syrup typically consists of a 1:1 ratio of sugar to water, made by dissolving 1 cup of sugar in 1 cup of boiling water, but these amounts can be adjusted to suit personal preferences. I prefer to reduce the amount of sugar (to 3/4 cup) to let the flavor of the herb shine and also to cut down on the calories/sweetness.
If you’re calorie-conscious, you can also use sugar substitutes like agave syrup. Try using 1/2 cup sugar and 1/4 agave syrup to further cut down on the calories.