Living simply in the wild

Simple Treat: Simple Syrup

Simple syrups are just that…simple. They can be used to flavor your morning coffee, or afternoon tea. Sweeten cakes. Kick up a cocktail a notch or two. Drizzle over yogurt or ice cream. Use as syrup on some fluffy pancakes.


The recipe is a simple 2:1 ratio of sugar and water, but water and sugar are too boring alone. So add fresh flowers or herbs like:

  • Lavender
  • Rose
  • Basil
  • Mint
  • Citrus
  • Cardamom
  • Chipotle
  • Eucalyptus
  • Vanilla
  • Ginger
  • Rosemary
  • Raspberry
  • Tarragon
  • Cilantro
  • Sage
  • Thyme
  • Geranium
  • Chamomile
  • Oh-my-gosh the list is endless!
  • You get the point

Recipe: (you can make this a 1:1 but its more watery and shelf life isn’t as long)

Simple Syrup


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 8 tablespoons fresh flower buds or selected herb (I used fresh, but you can also use dried)


  1. Bring sugar, water to a boil in a small saucepan. Simmer till sugar dissolves.
  2. Add in your herbs or flower.
  3. Remove from heat, cover and let steep 30 minutes.

Strain buds/herbs out and transfer syrup to a glass bottle with a lid. A recycled beed or wine bottle works great. Refrigerate for up to a month.

Stupid simple right?! But so yummy! Not only is this great for human consumption but it’s great to make a simple syrup with flowers that attract hummingbirds and put your solution into the feeder.

WAY cheaper then buying that pre-made hummingbird syrup they try to sell you at the store. But PLEASE don’t put red dye in the syrup, as long as you have a little red on your feeder that is plenty to attract the little angels.



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