Sometimes a meal just needs that perfect mocktail: this is one of them. I love making simple syrups for drinks because they're so easy to make. Simple syrup is just a 1:1 water to sugar ratio. Once you have that as a base you can jazz it up with any type of aromatics: ginger, basil, thyme, vanilla, citrus, the possibilities are endless!  

I even like to freeze leftover syrup sometimes and pop them into ice teas or even just some lemon water. A great item to have around and perfect for parties! 


Feel free to mix with a bottle of champagne or maybe even a bottle of white wine for a tasty sangria for those looking for an alcoholic twist. Cheers!   


  • 1 grapefruit; plus additional grapefruit for garnish
  • 2 cups of ice 
  • 3 x 12oz cans of ginger soda
  • handful of fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup basil simple syrup

Juice one large grapefruit and segment additional grapefruit ofr garnish if preferred. Fill a pitcher half way with ice. Pour soda, fresh grapefruit juice and simple syrup. Mix well. Garnish with grapefruit slices and fresh basil. 


  • 1  cup sugar
  • 1  cup water
  • 1 cup loosely packed fresh basil

Place sugar and water in a small pan over medium heat until sugar is fully dissolved, about 2 minutes. Add the basil. Allow to steep for 15-20 minutes and strain and discard basil. Place syrup in a glass tupperware container or squeeze bottle if you have it.

Cover and chill for a couple hours. 

Leftovers can be stored in the fridge for up to a month.  

You can also make simple syrup in the microwave by placing the mixture in a glass tupperware container and heating it at 30 second intervals until sugar is fully dissolved.

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