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Anise Hyssop Drink

May 31, 2011
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

  • Makes 1 cup
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons anise hyssop flowers
  • 1 cup water
  • Seeds of 1/2 a vanilla pod
  • Agave syrup, to taste
In This Recipe
Directions
  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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For the first 9 years of my life I hated food and really loved sugar till Wimpy (British Fast Food chain) changed my life! These days, all grown up, I've junked junk food and spend my days and nights on a quest - to find and share the sweet, sweet nectar that's food in The #NewNigerianKitchen! Dreaming, cooking, eating and writing...about and adoring a strong food community that's big and bold enough to embrace the world's diverse cuisines - I'm passionate about celebrating Nigerian cuisine in its entirety. Why do I love food so? It is forgiving. Make a recipe. Have it go bad....but wake up tomorrow and you can have another go at succeeding! Only with food!