Rosemary simple syrup couldn't be easier to make. It only takes 5 minutes to make and adds the most subtle earthiness and aroma to any recipe you use it in. I love using it in cocktails to make them a little extra special!
Simple syrup is a syrup made from equal parts water and sugar. You combine water and sugar in a saucepan on the stove and dissolve the sugar in the water. Then you bring it to a boil so that the simple syrup thickens slightly. You can easily infuse simple syrups with a variety of flavors and I've infused it with rosemary in this recipe.
You can use this syrup to make a variety of different cocktail or coffee recipes. It also makes the perfect little DIY gift to give your loved ones. Pour it into cute little bottles and add a label and printed recipe for the perfect holiday gift!
Rosemary simple syrup ingredients
Making rosemary simple syrup couldn't be easier. You only need 3 ingredints!
- Sugar - I use regular cane sugar to sweeten my simple syrup as it has the most neutral flavor and can be used in a variety of recipes.
- Water - to help dissolve the sugar and make it into a lovely syrupy consistency.
- Rosemary - I use a few sprigs of fresh rosemary to infuse that lovely herby earthiness into the syrup.
How to make rosemary simple syrup
1.Pour the water into a saucepan and bring it to a boil.
2. Add the sugar and stir to dissolve.
3. Add the rosemary sprigs and let the infusion boil for 60 seconds. Then remove the pan from the heat and let it steep for 30 minutes.
4. Strain the cooled syrup into an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.
Tips and tricks
- Boil the syrup well. Make sure the syrup comes to a boil and simmers for a minute before you turn off the heat. This will help kill of any bacteria and you can store the syrup for longer.
- Refrigerate. Store any unused syrup in a glass container in the refrigerator and use it within 2 weeks.
- More flavors. Replace rosemary with your favorite herbs to make other flavored syrups! Some delicious options are thyme, lavender or even citrus peels.
- Honey. If you'd like to use honey instead, substitute honey for the granulated sugar and heat the water until hot (not boiling) to dissolve it.
- Add it to cocktails, coffee or cake. Use this simple syrup to flavor cocktails, coffee or even moisten cake layers and add a beautiful rosemary flavor.
Frequently asked questions
Does rosemary syrup go bad?
Yes rosemary syrup can get moldy if left out for long. I recommend refrigerating it in an airtight container and using it within 2 weeks.
What does rosemary syrup taste like?
Rosemary syrup is aromatic and herby and has the natural sweetness of cane sugar. It has a very subtle rosemary flavor when added into recipes.
Can I use dried rosemary in this recipe
Yes dried rosemary will work well in this syrup recipe. Just use 1 tablespoon of dried rosemary in the recipe below.
Recipes to use this simple syrup
I love using this simple syrup to make cocktails. My favorite rosemary flavored cocktail has to be this rosemary grapefruit paloma!
Rosemary simple syrup
- ¼ cup sugar
- ¼ cup water
- 3 sprigs rosemary
To make the rosemary simple syrup
- Pour the water into a saucepan and bring it to a boil. Add the sugar and stir to dissolve.
- Add the rosemary spring and let the infusion boil for 60 seconds. Then remove the pan from the heat and let it steep for 30 minutes.
- Strain the cooled syrup into an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.