Essential Bar Ingredient: Rosemary Simple Syrup

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Many cocktail recipes for the spring and summer call for the addition of simple syrup. Even better is when the recipe calls for a flavored simple syrup, such as rosemary.This recipe is very easy to make, and your kitchen will smell so good while you're making it. This is taken from the May 2007 issue of Southern Living magazine.

Ingredients

1 cup sugar
1 cup water
4 fresh rosemary sprigs

Preparation

Stir together first 3 ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally, and boil 1 minute or until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat, and let stand 30 minutes. Pour liquid through a wire-mesh strainer into a cruet or airtight container, discarding rosemary sprigs. Cover and chill 4 hours. Garnish, if desired. Syrup may be stored in refrigerator up to 1 month.

Makes about 1 1/2 cups.

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(Image: Kathryn Hill Recipe: Southern Living)

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