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A small glass bottle of rosemary simple syrup with a plate of colorful citrus in the background

Rosemary Simple Syrup

  • Author: Emily Dixon, Sweets & Thank You
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1/2 cups simple syrup 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


This homemade rosemary syrup recipe adds gorgeous flavor to mocktails and cocktails of all kinds. 


  • 1 cup granulated sugar (white sugar or cane sugar)
  • 1 cup water
  • 23 sprigs fresh rosemary


  1. Combine Sugar And Water. In a small saucepan, combine water and sugar.
  2. Dissolve Over Medium Heat, stirring as needed to help the sugar dissolve. You don’t need the mixture to boil, just bring it to almost a simmer until the sugar dissolves.
  3. Add Fresh Rosemary. Then, add fresh rosemary sprigs to the hot simple syrup and gently press it into the syrup a bit with your spoon. (The heat will make it start to color and wilt a bit, and pressing it gently helps release some of the rosemary oil into the syrup for better flavor.
  4. Steep A Least 30 Minutes. Let the rosemary steep in the simple syrup at least 20-30 minutes up to 1 hour for the best flavor. (The longer it steeps, the stronger it will taste. I like mine at about the 25 minute mark.)
  5. Strain The Syrup. Remove the rosemary sprigs and discard them. Place a small sieve/mesh strainer over a mason jar or bowl and pour the rosemary simple syrup through the sieve to strain out any stray rosemary leaves or debris.
  6. Serve & Store. Cool the syrup and store in a glass jar or airtight container in the refrigerator up to 2 weeks. Add to your favorite drink recipes and more! 
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: rosemary simple syrup, homemade rosemary simple syrup, rosemary syrup, rosemary syrup for cocktails, rosemary cocktail syrup

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