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Cinnamon Basil Sugar Syrup

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Preview: Cinnamon Basil Sugar Syrup is a simple sugar syrup flavored with cinnamon basil leaves and cinnamon sticks. Try pouring this syrup over fresh fruit.

Listen closely and you might hear the cinnamon basil plant growing in my garden–it’s growing so fast.

Up until now, its purpose for existing was unknown to me. I had no idea what to do with cinnamon basil. But I think I may have found it.

This weekend I made shortcakes as part of my baking with the Tuesdays with Dorie group. Her Tender Shortbread recipe from Baking called for plain, granulated white sugar to sweeten the berries. 

Dorie’s recommendation gave me the idea to make a sugar syrup and steep some of the cinnamon basil in it as it cooled.  Although it’s simple, it adds a subtle but interesting flavor note to the berries.

CINNAMON BASIL SYRUP in a jar with cinnamon sticks and sugar in a scoop

Can I substitute sweet basil instead?

If you don’t have cinnamon basil, you can use fresh sweet basil instead although I would use only a half-cup of leaves instead of a full cup.

A word of caution:

Be sure to use a microwave-safe bowl to make this syrup in the microwave. Often, it is written on the bottom of the bowl when it is. Sugar syrup gets very hot. Never use a plastic container to heat it.

If you prefer, heat the syrup on top of the stove until boiling. Proceed with the directions in the recipe.

shortcake with basil cinnamon syrup--shortcake with strawberries and blackberries

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Yield: 3/4 cup

Cinnamon Basil Syrup

Cinnamon Basil Syrup

A simple sugar syrup with cinnamon basil leaves steeped in it.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup fresh cinnamon basil leaves
  • 1 cinnamon stick


  1. Heat sugar and water in 2 cup or larger Pyrex MICROWAVE-SAFE bowl in the microwave to boiling. Stop and stir until sugar has dissolved.
  2. Add leaves and cinnamon stick, pushing under the surface of the syrup to steep.
  3. After 30 minutes, remove leaves. Pour cooled syrup over fruit.

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Nutrition Information:



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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 58Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 6gSugar: 9gProtein: 0g

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