What’s in a name? Well, when it comes to “simple syrup” the answer is everything. A staple for cocktails, simple syrup really couldn’t be any simpler to make. It’s two ingredients, plus your flavouring―that’s it! This recipe is for rosemary simple syrup that’s lovely in everything from lemonade and cake glaze to sparkling cocktails, but you can add any herb or spice you like. Consider using vanilla beans, lemon zest, thyme or cinnamon―to name a few. Really, the sky’s the limit.



1 cup of water

1 cup of sugar

1/4 cup of fresh rosemary leaves



Combine water, sugar, and rosemary leaves in a small saucepan. Bring to a gentle boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar.

Once it’s boiled, allow to simmer for a minute and remove from heat.

Cover the pot and allow to steep for at least 30 minutes. For a stronger tasting syrup, let the syrup steep longer or add more fresh rosemary leaves before you cover the pot.

Strain the mixture and pour into a sterilized glass jar. You can store this syrup in the fridge for up to a month.