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Rosemary-Bay Simple Syrup

Time 5 minutes
Yields Makes about 1 cup
Rosemary-Bay Simple Syrup
(Mariah Tauger / Los Angeles Times)
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While simple syrup can be infused with anything from spices to chiles, it’s especially tasty when it reflects the season and the place. This wintry L.A. version combines the pine notes of rosemary with the scent of eucalyptus in bay leaves. It works just as well in a refreshing citrus spritzer as it does in a warming mug of mulled juice. The former gets the night started and the latter helps end it.

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1

Combine the sugar and 1/2 cup water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar.

2

Remove from the heat and immediately add the rosemary and bay leaf. Cool to room temperature.

Make Ahead:
The simple syrup can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.