Purple Basil Syrup

Posted by JMom | Sunday, September 24, 2006 | , | 12 comments »

Purple BasilAlong with sweet basil, we also have a few very lush purple basil plants. So when I saw this recipe for Purple Basil Syrup on Calendula & Concrete, I knew I just had to try it. It is a perfect way of enjoying the pure flavor of purple basil.

Start out by getting about a cup worth of chopped purple basil (packed). Place basil in a saucepan along with 2 cups of water, 1 cup of sugar, and 2 Tablespoons of lemon juice. Syrup CookingBring this to a boil. I let this boil until the liquid was reduced to about half. If you have a candy thermometer, you can also monitor the temperature until it gets to the syrup stage which on mine is about 230 degrees F. Remove from the heat and pour it through a strainer.

At this point, you will have this beautiful burgundy syrup that is infused with the scent and flavor of purple basil. Purple Basil SyrupWe followed Christa's lead and served this with crepes and mango slices. It was delicious!

We still have plenty of purple basil, so we'll be sure to make more of this syrup.






Basil Syrup with Crepes

12 comments

  1. stel // 9/25/2006 8:54 AM  

    wowee JMom, pang restaurant! too bad i don't see purple basil too often but when i do i'll make this. what a lovely shade of burgundy.
    (sssh...anong episode ka na?)

  2. charles ravndal // 9/25/2006 2:35 PM  

    It does look so lovely Jmom! Hmmmm!!!

  3. Toni // 9/25/2006 8:51 PM  

    That's the 1st time I've heard of Purple Basil Syrup. Galing!!! :) It looks pretty too!

  4. Midge // 9/25/2006 9:46 PM  

    Hi!

    I'm a sucker for infused syrups and I hope to try this soon. Incidentally, pandan makes a lovely, fragrant, subtly flavored syrup and lemongrass a deliciously sharp and tangy one.

    Lovely, lovely blog, btw!

  5. rowena // 9/26/2006 6:27 AM  

    Wow! That looks really impressive and sounds interesting. Basil syrup with crepes? Cool idea!

  6. JMom // 9/26/2006 10:32 AM  

    Hi stel! You should plant purple basil in your garden, it's easy to grow and very pretty too. Ep12 na ako, mama! I was so tempted to look at more lastnight, but you know I have to maintain my beauty sleep o magmuhang bruha ako sa office :) gotta wait till the weekend to continue my all night kim samm soon datee.

  7. JMom // 9/26/2006 10:34 AM  

    Thanks chas and toni!

    Midge, I'll have to try the lemon grass one. it sounds interesting. Too bad I can't get pandan here. I'm still whether I can grow pandan in my garden. Thanks for dropping by :)

  8. JMom // 9/28/2006 1:27 PM  

    Hi Rowena! I wish I could take credit for the idea, but I just copied it from Christa at Calendula & Concrete. It really is very different in a delicious kind of way :)

  9. JMom // 9/28/2006 1:28 PM  

    Hi Rowena! I wish I could take credit for the idea, but I just copied it from Christa at Calendula & Concrete. It really is very different in a delicious kind of way :)

  10. Omom // 9/29/2006 10:25 PM  

    I never would have thought of using basil in syrup! I'll have to try that...
    XOXO

  11. Anonymous // 7/21/2008 1:47 PM  

    Try a spalsh of the Basil Syrup with cucumber infused vodka for a crisp refreshing Martini that can't be beat on a hot summers day.

  12. JMom // 7/21/2008 2:49 PM  

    Anon, purple basil syrup in a martini sounds delicious! I'll have to try that one out. Thanks for the suggestion! :)

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