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basil simple syrup in a glass bottle
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Basil Simple Syrup

This easy basil simple syrup uses fresh basil from the garden to create an herbal sweet syrup.  It’s perfect for sweetening tea, lemonade, and cocktails!
Cook Time5 mins
Infusing Time:15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 48 people
Calories: 16kcal


  • 1 cup sugar See Recipe Notes for dried basil
  • 1 cup loosely packed fresh basil, rinsed
  • 1 cup water


  • Add sugar, basil, and water to a small pot.  Bring to a boil, and then remove from heat.
  • Leave the basil leaves in the syrup as it cools for about 15 minutes.  Strain out the leaves, and bottle the syrup.
  • Store basil simple syrup in a glass jar (or airtight container) in the fridge.  Use within a month.


Yields: About 1 cup syrup.  Serving size estimates 1 teaspoon per serving.
To Substitute Dried Basil:  Make sure the basil is still fragrant.  Use about ⅓ cup dried basil instead of 1 cup fresh basil.


Calories: 16kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Sugar: 4g