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This thyme simple syrup recipe is an easy and quick recipe to make an herb infused syrup that you can add to any type of drink. Make thyme flavored cocktails, lemonade with an herby twist, or stir it into your favorite hot tea. It takes less than 15 minutes to make and is a great way to use up any leftover herbs before they go bad.
Most often when we think of using fresh herbs for cooking meat dishes, side dishes or salads. But when you want to add an herb flavor to a drink, stirring the fresh herbs into a drink doesn’t work too well. Infused simple syrup is the best way to add a subtle thyme flavor, along with a little sweetness, to any drink creation.
Ways to use:
- Cocktails: Add a couple tablespoons to give a classic cocktail a new spin, or come up with your own recipes for new cocktails. There are not a ton of recipes out there that include thyme simple syrup as an ingredient, but many recipes require regular simple syrup. You can replace this thyme flavored one in any recipe with simple syrup in a 1:1 ratio.
- Thyme Lemonade: Make your own lemonade, but instead of adding plain sugar for sweetening, use this syrup instead. Adjust to your taste. If you want a fizzy drink, add in a bit of club soda.
- Thyme Tea: Stir in a spoonful to your regular cup of hot tea — almost any flavor of tea would work well, but especially anything with ginger or lemon.
- Thyme: You will need a large handful of fresh thyme to fully infuse the flavor into the simple syrup. Dried thyme will not work for this recipe.
- Granulated Sugar: The sugar will be dissolved to make the flavored syrup. Use only granulated sugar, brown sugar won’t give the same result.
- Water: Use filtered water if you have it, or just regular tap water.
- Let it simmer. Let this syrup gently simmer for the full ten minutes, even if the sugar has already dissolved. If you were just making regular, plain simple syrup, you could stop at this point, but simmering for longer allows the thyme flavor to fully infuse into the syrup.
- Store leftovers in the fridge. Store any leftover syrup in an airtight container or jar in the fridge. The syrup can last for several weeks before going bad. If the syrup looks or smells off, discard it.
- Freeze in an ice cube tray. If you want the thyme syrup to last longer than a few weeks, you can freeze it in an ice cube tray. When you want to make a drink, you can pop out one or two ice cubes and let them thaw before using them in your drink.
- Mix in other herbs. If you want more than just a thyme flavored syrup, you can add in other herbs for a mixed flavor. Try a thyme-mint, thyme-sage or thyme-lavender syrup!