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You can make any amount of simple syrup as long as you use equal parts sugar and water.

Source: Martha Stewart Living, June 2002



Cook's Notes

To infuse simple syrup with tender herbs such as basil, mint, or tarragon sprigs, ladle syrup over 1/2 bunch of herbs and let steep at least 30 minutes (and up to 2 hours, depending on desired strength). For other flavorings, such as sliced fresh ginger, cinnamon sticks, strips of citrus peel, and vanilla bean, it helps to bring the syrup to a simmer with the aromatics first, before steeping. Strain syrup, discarding aromatics, before using.

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