Vanilla or Herb Sugar

READY IN: 5mins
SERVES: 16-20


  • 14
    cup leaves and flowers of sweet herbs such as lemon verbena, rose geranium, lavender, mint (or one vanilla bean, split)
  • 2
    cups sugar
  • 1
    lemon, zest of, cut in strips


  • Gently bruise the herbs with a mortar to bring out their aromatic oils, then mix them with the sugar and citrus zest.
  • Put the herbs and sugar in a jar and cover tightly.
  • For the next two weeks, give the sugar a shake or stir every few days to spread the aromatic oils around and to break up any clumps.
  • After 2 weeks, the sugar will be infused with the herb's flavor.
  • Strain the sugar, discard the herbs and zest (you can reuse the vanilla bean or hard spices), and store, tightly covered in a cool and dry place. Will keep for up to one year.
  • Makes a lovely gift in a jar, tied with a ribbon and herb sprig tucked in! Attach a recipe card, et voila!