Flavored Simple Syrup
1 C water
1 C sugar
1 C freshly picked herb leaves
Simple syrup can be used for sweetening iced or hot teas, and for making elegant cocktails. Use a sprig of the fresh herb as a garnish. Lemon verbena, lemon grass, lemon balm, mint and flavored thymes are all great for this.
Stir these together in a heavy saucepan over medium heat. Bring the mixture to the boil, stirring occasionally.
Let the mixture boil until the sugar is completely dissolved.
Let the mixture cool and strain through cheesecloth.
Store the syrup in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a month.