This is a sweet syrup recipe with flavor notes from the borage plant. It has light blue flowers that are purple when dried and has a mild, sweet flavor like honey, with a crisp freshness. If you're looking for a way to pep up a classic simple syrup, a borage-infused simple syrup is the way to go!
You can use this flavored syrup in all kinds of ways from mocktails (like this Borage Fizz Mocktail) and cocktails to hot beverages, so get cooking on a batch of this easy borage syrup!
Why this Recipe Works
Infusing flavor into simple syrup is really easy and it a fantastic way to reinvent a classic ingredient with a new and delicious flavor. The taste of borage is wonderfully subtle and sweet, so it works great in liquid sweeteners like honey or simple syrup.
This is a classic simple syrup recipe with the addition of steeping the borage in the simple syrup off the heat so it doesn't burn the flowers.
This syrup lasts for up to a month so once you've made a batch, it will last a long time.
Borage medical benefits are vast and it also has historically been used in medicines. It is known for having a calming influence. I was taught to drink it as an anti-inflammatory borage tea at the start of my cycle.
Ingredients & Substitutions
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Borage - You can find borage at your local Middle Eastern market, or online. Borage grows in most zones, so you can grow your own and dry it, too.
Sugar - I make simple syrups with almost any sugar I have on hand. The classic is granulated or cane, but this recipe also works with turbinado and brown sugars, and even honey.
How to Make this Recipe
Add your sugar and water to a large saucepan. Next, turn the heat to medium, and stir until the sugar is completely dissolved in the water. Let it come to a light simmer, but not a rolling boil.
Once all sugar is dissolved, remove the syrup from the heat. Add in your borage leaves and let the borage steep into the syrup for 1 hour.
Strain and transfer your borage simple syrup to a sealed container in the refrigerator until it's ready to use.
Note: I like to use a nut milk bag to make sure I get all the petals out. It lasts longer without the petals in it.
Borage is an herb with a blue-purple flower. Its nickname is the starflower due to the shape and appearance of the flowers. It can be found growing all over the Middle East and is used in many recipes from delicious Persian tea called gol gov zaban to borage cocktails.
You can try your local middle eastern market, or buy it online. I like to use dried borage which you can find online or dry my own.
You definitely can! I grow borage in my garden on the west coast and dry it myself. There are some great guides out there to help you get started, and it is known to be an easy plant to grow that comes back each year.
You can use this syrup for up to a month.
Simple syrup is a great sweetener to use in coffees and teas, in mocktails and cocktails, to help keep a cake moist, and many other uses.
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Borage Simple Syrup
- 1 cup sugar granulated, cane, turbinado, or brown
- 1 cup water
- ½ cup borage flowers, dried
- Add your sugar and water to a large saucepan. Turn the heat to medium, and stir until the sugar is completely dissolved in the water. Let it come to a light simmer, but not a rolling boil.
- Once all sugar is dissolved, remove the syrup from the heat. Add in your borage leaves and let the borage steep into the syrup for 1 hour.
- Strain and transfer your borage simple syrup to a sealed container in the refrigerator until it's ready to use.