Basil Simple Syrup
Basil, an easy-to-grow summer herb, is delicious tossed into fresh garden salads, stirred into cheesy pasta dishes, or tucked into a juicy bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich. Try this basil simple syrup in a cool refreshing summer cocktail or a comforting mug of hot tea. Mix sugar and water in a saucepan, stirring until the sugar melts. Toss in fresh basil leaves and let simmer. Remove the leaves, let syrup cool a bit, then pour syrup into an airtight container. You can refrigerate the simple syrup, which has an interesting spearmint-y quality, for up to two weeks. To keep store-bought basil fresh once you get it home, remove the basil from the packaging and trim the stems. Place basil in a drinking glass or mason jar filled with water and remove any leaves that fall below the waterline. Store at room temperature in a sunny, but not hot, spot, and change the water daily.