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How to Make a Lemon Balm Simple Syrup

 
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How to Make a Lemon Balm Simple Syrup




So this year I have a lot of time on my hands to experiment using things I have available.

So I thought about my lemon balm plant in its hanging pot.  I am always looking for ways to use it.

I have finally found the best way to use it by making lemon balm simple syrup. It is so simple!

Lemon Balm Simple Syrup

2 cups water

1 cup sugar (for a thicker syrup for cocktails, use 2 cups sugar.)

1 cup torn lemon balm leaves

clean glass jar



In a medium pan, warm water over medium heat. Add the sugar and stir occasionally until the sugar has completely dissolved.

Take your lemon balm leaves off of the stem, and tear the leaves into smaller pieces. Then stuff the torn lemon balm leaves into your glass jar, and slowly pour in the warm syrup.

Allow the syrup to cool completely on the counter.Wait about an hour or longer for a stronger taste. When cool strain the leaves out of the liquid. Put the lid on your jar and storing in the fridge. Let your syrup sit for several days in the fridge before using it, and if you like a more intense lemon flavor then feel free to add a slice of lemon to your jar.

I like to use this syrup to sweeten green tea and sometimes to tonic water.




This syrup can also be added to cocktails




Here are some threads on lemon balm that I hope you will enjoy:

https://permies.com/t/131700/kitchen/Cook-Lemon-Balm

https://permies.com/t/67553/kitchen/Lemon-Balm-favorite

https://permies.com/t/788/Lemon-Balm-Popsicles
 
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Brilliance! I have an underutilized lemon balm plant. I'll do this!
 
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