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Simple Syrup

Makes about 1/2 cup
Time 1 hr
This customizable sweetener is holiday dream. Use it to make a lovely cocktail, glaze a ham, drizzle into hot tea, package up for gift giving — the sky's the limit.
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary
  • 1 large piece grapefruit peel white pith removed
Method

Combine rosemary, grapefruit peel, sugar and 1/2 cup water in a small saucepan, and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Cook, stirring frequently, until sugar is completely dissolved. Let cool to room temperature. Strain syrup through a fine-mesh strainer and refrigerate until cold before using. Syrup can be made in advance and refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

Other flavor ideas:
-fresh ginger
-fresh sage, thyme or mint
-cinnamon stick
-vanilla bean
-cardamom pods or star anise
-dried culinary hibiscus or lavender
-jasmine tea
-peppercorns or dried chile peppers

Note: We've provided special diet and nutritional information for educational purposes. But remember - we're cooks, not doctors! You should follow the advice of your health-care provider. And since product formulations change, check product labels for the most recent ingredient information.
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  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary
  • 1 large piece grapefruit peel white pith removed