As you all know, I've been going crazy at the farmer's market lately, buying up fresh produce and herbs without thinking about all the upcoming travel. As you also know, I hate wasting food- I won't do it. Well, I bought a beautiful rosemary plant that is so fragrant and growing so well... and I'm not going to be able to water it for the next five days. The solution? Rosemary simple syrup! That I can just save and use over and over again for the next few weeks in our homemade cocktails! (or as the "sweet" contributer drizzle over some sweet and salty bruschetta hors d'oeuvres)
This is super easy to make and you can use the basics of the recipe with any fresh herb or fruit you desire! The next one I'll have to make is blood orange simple syrup- I've got those coming out my ears, too! Shall we begin? :)
- one or two big sprigs of fresh rosemary
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup sugar, I prefer demarara but I was out, so I used granulated white.. worked just fine!
Bring your water to a boil. Once it's boiling, throw in the rosemary and let it blanch for about two minutes.
While the water is still boiling, pour in the cup of sugar and let it cook until boiling. Stir often until the water turns clear again. Don't take it off the heat until all the "cloudiness" is gone. This could take anywhere from 5-8 minutes.
Once it's clear, remove from heat, stir, and pour it into a container to cool.
Once it's cooled, pour it into a pretty bottle and add it to your home bar collection! :) If you're not planning on using most if it that soon however, store it in the fridge.
Give this a try, even if it's a little out of the ordinary for you... I'm guessing you'll feel very classy, very gourmet... maybe even a little F. Scott. And give other flavors a try... basil, lemon rind, blackberry... the options are endless! Break out those cocktail glasses and stir up a little love tonight! :)