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Microwave Simple Syrup with Basil and Cinnamon

Preview: Microwave Simple Syrup is a sweet, simple syrup recipe flavored with basil and cinnamon. Pour it over fresh fruit for a remarkable taste experience!

Do you grow fresh herbs? Whether growing them in your kitchen window, pots on your patio, or a full-blown garden, I have an easy way to use some of that basil.

This summer, I experimented with growing cinnamon-basil. Until now, the purpose of cinnamon basil was unknown to me. I had no idea what to do with the aromatic herb, but I may have found it.

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

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 using the microwave. Then, I steeped some of the cinnamon basil in the syrup as it cooled. Although it’s simple, it adds a subtle but exciting flavor note to the berries. No worries if you can’t find cinnamon basil. Sweet basil works, too.

Ingredients and substitutions:

  • SUGAR: Use granulated sugar. It will dissolve when you microwave it in water.
  • FRESH BASIL LEAVES: Fresh basil is important in this recipe. If you want to stick with the cinnamon theme, use either sweet basil or cinnamon basil. Because cinnamon basil isn’t as strong (at least to my nose), I use a cup of cinnamon basil instead of 1/2 cup of sweet basil.
  • CINNAMON STICK: Cinnamon sticks are adorable floating in the syrup. Substitute cinnamon extract if you don’t have the sticks. I don’t recommend ground cinnamon because of the appearance. I’m afraid it would look like dirt in my syrup.

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

Microwave Simple Syrup with Cinnamon and Basil: FAQ

Can I use a different herb for the basil?

Fresh mint is a possibility.

Does it matter what bowl I use for cooking in the microwave?

Be sure to use a microwave-safe bowl to make this syrup in the microwave. Look at the bottom of the bowl to make sure. Sugar syrup gets extremely hot. Never use a plastic container to heat this syrup.

Can I make this recipe on top of the stove?

Heat the syrup on top of the stove until boiling. Then, proceed with the directions in the recipe.

How do I store this, and how long will it keep?

Store in the refrigerator for up to one month.

What else can I do with simple syrup?

Try adding it to ice tea, lemonade, or over the top of fresh fruit, as seen in the picture above.

How is the best way to store fresh basil when I can’t use it all immediately?

The leaves tend to blacken when stored in the fridge. Freezing is an option you can read about here.

Have you ever grown cinnamon basil?

I would love to know what you do with it. Leave me a comment.

What recipe would you like to consider next?

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Yield: 3/4 cup

Microwave Simple Syrup Recipe with Cinnamon and Basil

Microwave Simple Syrup Recipe with Cinnamon and Basil

You'll be amazed at how easy it is to make a simple syrup in the microwave. Fresh herbs and cinnamon sticks take it to the next level.

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:



Serving Size:


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

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Friday 27th of September 2013

So I made this last year and it was fabulous!!! =) I just made my first batch of the year while eating a pear. I drizzled a few drops of the simple syrup on my pear and and it was over the top. Now, I am inspired to use this recipe for a pear sorbet or poached pears. =) By the way, this recipe is one of my (home) bar favorites. 1 part vodka, 1 part apple juice, 1 part cranberry juice and a good splash of this simple syrup shaken and served in a martini glass. Oh my!!!


Sunday 29th of September 2013

Angelique, When pear season coming on, I can't wait to try this.


Sunday 11th of November 2012

Awesome recipe. I am pulling out my cinnamon basil plant tomorrow. I am definitely going to try your recipe. Just curious, do you know the shelf life of this type of simple syrup?


Saturday 12th of June 2010

That sounds delicious and the photo of the shortcakes with those berries looks wonderful. I am going to have to get some berries from the local berry farm.

Thanks for stopping by and and leaving your kind words. It's nice to know I am not alone. :)


Wednesday 9th of June 2010

I've never heard of cinnamon basil, what a great combo. Gorgeous, yummy looking shortcake!


Wednesday 9th of June 2010

Nice combination....I have never heard of cinnamon basil. What is the more dominant flavor? IS it hot/spicy?

I would love to try this brushed on a cake ..thanks for the tips!


Wednesday 9th of June 2010

It is part of the basil/mint family but not as strong as sweet basil. And of course, it has a cinnamon smell/flavor although not terribly intense.

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