Rosemary-Lemon Shaved Ice
Zest of 1 lemon (see direction below)
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup water
4 finger-size branches fresh rosemary (each 4-5 inches long)
Using a vegetable peeler, peel zest from lemon in one long strip. Set zest aside and use lemon for another purpose if you wish.
In a small saucepan, stir together sugar and water. Bring to a boil. Turn heat off and submerge rosemary branches and lemon zest in sugar syrup. Allow to steep, uncovered, until cool, about 30-45 minutes.
Remove and discard rosemary branches and lemon zest. Pour syrup into a lidded container and store in the refrigerator (it has no preservatives so will grow things if you leave it in the pantry).
Makes about 7/8 cup syrup.
To make shaved ice dessert: Fill a small bowl with crushed or shaved ice, and spoon a couple of tablespoons of Rosemary-Lemon Simple Syrup over.
Basil Simple Syrup Shaved Ice
Use Basil Simple Syrup to make another variation on a shaved ice frozen treat.