Lemon Balm Simple Syrup
Use lemon balm-infused simple syrup to bring lemony sweetness to hot and iced tea. Stir about 1 teaspoon of simple syrup into each cup of brewed tea. Or, use to sweeten cocktails and to create a simple lemon balm soda -- just stir 1 tablespoon into 8 ounces of club soda, adjusting to your preferred sweetness.
1. Measure water, sugar and lemon balm leaf into a pan and place on medium-low heat.
2. As temperature rises to a simmer, stir until sugar completely dissolves.
3. Do not allow to boil. Remove from heat, place lid on pan and allow to steep 3 minutes.
4. Strain into a jar and use immediately or chill in refrigerator and use within 3 days.