Basil stems are full of sweet herbaceous flavor and are heartier than their delicate leaves which make them ideal for a quick infusion such as this dynamic simple syrup featuring fresh ginger and a pinch of salt. An unexpectedly vibrant addition to baked goods, mixed drinks, smoothies, and beyond.
2 cups water
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup agave nectar (or honey)
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
4 to 6 basil stems
3 tablespoons sliced ginger
Bring to a boil then remove from the heat and allow to cool before straining. Will keep covered in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 weeks.