We created sugars with zippy flavors and bright colors. Freeze-dried fruit makes gorgeous strawberry and blueberry sugar. We even perfected a quick microwave trick for drying herbs and citrus peel while preserving their bright, vibrant colors—and thus were born orange, basil-lime, and lemon mint sugars. Sprinkle over muffin batter, spoon over Greek yogurt, or rim cocktail glasses for extra-festive drinks.

Photo: Randy Mayor

Make quick work of flavorful, colorful sugars with these simple recipes. Then, find fun ways to incorporate them into your entertaining, desserts, and more.

Ann Pittman
January 18, 2017

We have a fun idea to share for making fruit-flavored sugars, which are both beautiful and pretty darn tasty. The flavor is concentrated, so you only need to use a little to pack quite a punch. These sugars are great for rimming cocktail glasses (think of this as a way to fun-up mocktails at a baby shower, too), sprinkling over oatmeal or yogurt, or decorating cookies and quick breads. Check out the how-to video to see how they’re made.

Basil-Lime Sugar is a delicious rimmer for our Rhubarb-Basil Shrub Cocktails.

Cookies sprinkled with our Orange Sugar make for a zippy treat. Try this sugar on our Iced Whole-Wheat Sugar Cookies.

A rim of Lemon-Mint Sugar is a natural on any of our Cold-Brewed Iced Teas.

If nothing else, a sprinkle of Peach Sugar on fresh summer fruit is a sweet way to add a little pizzazz to a simple dessert.

When fresh berries are in season, add a spoonful of Blueberry Sugar on fruit cobblers.

Add a hint of fruity sweetness to cottage cheese, yogurt, or ricotta cheese with the Strawberry Sugar.

Roasted apples are an easy fall-time dessert. Top the apples with Apple-Cinnamon Sugar for a hint of additional sweetness. We also love this sugar in our morning bowl of oatmeal or atop a multigrain hot cereal.