Herbal syrups are a time-honored way to administer not-so-pleasant-tasting herbs to the young ones and picky eaters in your life. Tasty on their own by the spoonful, they also add an herbal boost to your favorite culinary recipes and libations. Try them in teas, desserts, bubbly beverages, cocktails, DIY root beers, or atop ice cream.
Homemade syrups can be prepared with sugar or honey. If prepared with honey, my preferred method, the herbal syrup can coat any digestive tract membranes it comes into contact with. Who doesn’t love a good coating of honey on the throat when it’s cold outside? For proper preservation and a shelf stable syrup, use a ratio of 1:1 (tea to honey). However, you can also cut back to 2:1 or 3:1. If you use one of these lower sweetener to tea ratios, you will need to refrigerate your syrup and use it quickly. You can also add some tincture to help preserve your syrup.
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