Lemon balm and mint are both praised for their calming effects; potentially relieving stress, anxiety, indigestion, and nausea. Lemon balm has a light citrusy taste, with a hint of mint making it the perfect addition to your summer cocktails.
an obnoxiously large handful of fresh lemon balm
a small handful fresh mint leaves
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup agave, or another sweetener of choice
Add the fresh lemon balm and mint to a saucepan, together with the water and agave. Bring mixture to a boil, bruising the leaves with a spoon or spatula as the syrup heats up.
Once boiling, turn down the heat and simmer on medium-low heat for 5-10 minutes.
Let cool and pour into a sterilised jar. This syrup keeps for about 2 weeks, so I recommend making small batches (like this one) at a time.
This syrup is great in combination with ice-cold sparkling water or in a cocktail.
You can opt to leave out the mint leaves and make this a pure lemon balm syrup.