Blanching tender herbs before blending them in this versatile syrup preserves their delicate, fresh flavors. Use this refreshing syrup in cocktails or mocktails, or drizzle it over fruity desserts.

Julia Sullivan
February 2021

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Credit: Photo by Greg DuPree / Food Styling by Torie Cox / Prop Styling by Claire Spollen

Recipe Summary

active:
20 mins
total:
1 hr 25 mins
Yield:
2.5 cups
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high. Arrange a double layer of cheesecloth in a strainer, and place strainer over a medium bowl so that strainer rests a few inches above bottom of bowl; set aside. Prepare an ice bath by filling a large bowl with ice water.  

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  • Add herbs to boiling water; cook, stirring constantly, 10 to 15 seconds. Using a slotted spoon, transfer blanched herbs to ice bath. Let cool 5 minutes. Drain, gently squeezing out excess liquid, and transfer herbs to a blender. Add simple syrup to blender. Process on high speed until herb mixture is smooth, about 2 minutes. Pour into prepared strainer, and let stand, stirring occasionally without pressing on solids, until all liquid has passed through strainer, about 1 hour. Discard solids.

Make Ahead

Herb simple syrup may be stored in an airtight container in refrigerator up to 1 week.

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