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Anise Hyssop Drink

May 31, 2011
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  • Makes 1 cup
Author Notes

Last summer, I got a huge box of goodies, grown by my daughter's class. In this bountiful basket came anise hyssop blossoms. One simple syrup later, we're talking delicious, fragrant aniseed in a cup!

This idea builds on a couple of steps. First WinneAb (food52 extraordinaire) shares a recipe on her blog for poached fruit in an anise hyssop syrup (in a recipe similar to the Runaway's poached peaches in basil)....and then using her syrup idea, I made up my own! Standing on the shoulders of giants is how I like to think of it.... —Kitchen Butterfly

What You'll Need
  • 2 tablespoons anise hyssop flowers
  • 1 cup water
  • Seeds of 1/2 a vanilla pod
  • Agave syrup, to taste
  1. Combine the anise hyssop flowers, water, vanilla and 1-2 tablespoons of agave syrup.
  2. Bring to a boil and allow to come to a boil. Then remove from the heat and allow to cool. Once cool, strain out flowers and squeeze (which can be rolled in caster sugar, left to dry and then blitzed to make a great anise powder!)
  3. Combine anise syrup with seltzer or ice cold water. If you love liquorice, you'll heart this!

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I love food and I'm interested in making space for little-heard voices, as well as celebrating Nigerian cuisine in its entirety.

2 Reviews

checker June 20, 2011
I have anise hyssop growing in my garden. Here is a fine way to use it. Wonderful that your daughter is in a school where growing things is a part of the curriculum.
Sagegreen May 31, 2011
Your photos are always so beautiful, too! Great herbal idea.