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The Must-Have Secret Ingredient For Your Summer Drinks

Blaire Benson

Summer is a time for cocktails, lemonade, iced tea and anything sparkling. To take your summer favorites to the next level, incorporate rosemary, mint or tarragon freshly picked from the garden into your own herb simple syrup using the simple recipe below. It's sure to be a refreshing addition the whole family can enjoy!

Herb Simple Syrup, makes about 1 cup


  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup packed fresh herb leaves (amount needed may vary according to the strength of the herb and your taste)


  1. Combine the water and sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Bring to a boil and then turn off the heat.
  2. Add the leaves to the syrup and cover, steeping for about 30 minutes as the mixture cools. Timing may vary depending on the herb; a strong herb like rosemary should be removed sooner. Taste as you go.
  3. Strain the syrup through a fine-meshed sieve or through several layers of cheesecloth. Pour into a jar or bottle and label.
  4. The syrup is best when fresh but keeps in the refrigerator for about 2 weeks.

Recipe from CUESA.