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Jun 24, 2010 07:09 PM

A question about infused simple syrups

Hello everyone
I tried making this great lime/basil cocktail at home. I made simple syrup for the first time and I steeped it with basil .The recipe called for a whole bunch of basil...and some left over in the fridge and thought I would give it a try. IT is a great cocktail mixed with gin. My question is: Can I reheat the simple syrup and add more basil to it and steep again? I did not have enough at home...and I do not want to waste the syrup I already made. What do you think?

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  1. I would have no problem.....yes

    1. It should work just fine. Be careful heating though. If you get it too hot then you'll start getting into candy making.

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      1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester

        thank you. I will give it a whirl!! it is a great cocktail......basil infused syrup with lime juice and gin

        1. re: italiana3

          How would this compare to just muddling some basil and fine straining? Seems easier and fresher, unless you are making a big batch. Basically a Basil/Gin Mojito.

      2. Can you post the recipe? It sounds delicious!

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        1. re: AlyshaB2005

          I basically made simple syrup. Then chopped up a whole bunch of basil and put in the pot with the simple syrup as it cooled. I let it set for about a half hour. Then I strained the syrup of the basil and stored in a bottle. Then to make the drink I put gin (or vodka) in a shaker with the syrup (to your taste) and then I squeezed some fresh lime. Shake with ice and pour! you can garnish with a small basil leaf.