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Flavoured syrup

Turn fresh summer berries into a chic, but simple dessert with a flavoured syrup

  • Prep: 5 mins
    Ready in 5 mins, not incl syrup, plus steeping
  • Makes enough for 500g/1lb 2oz fruit
  • Easy
  • Makes enough for 500g/1lb 2oz fruit
  • Easy


  • 250ml boiling water
  • 100g golden caster sugar
  • handful fresh basil sprigs (including stalks)
  • 1 lemongrass stalk and 2 fresh mint sprigs
  • 1 vanilla pod and 2 strips of lemon zest


  1. Stir the boiling water and sugar together until the sugar has dissolved. Add your choice of flavourings and leave until cool. To keep syrup for 2-3 days, pour into jars and chill. Remove herbs before using.

  2. To use syrup, pour over summer berries, stir to mix, then leave to steep for about 30 mins before serving.