Photo: Randy Mayor
Yield
12 (serving size: about 1 teaspoon)

The flavors of these sugars are concentrated, so you only need to use a little to pack quite a punch. They're 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.

How to Make It

Step 1

Using a serrated peeler, peel rind off limes, avoiding all white pith. Arrange rind in a single layer on a double layer of paper towels; top with an additional paper towel. Microwave at HIGH for 1 to 2 minutes or until completely dry and crisp, checking every 30 seconds (watch closely for burning). Cool completely.

Step 2

Pick basil leaves off stems; arrange leaves in a single layer on a double layer of paper towels; top with an additional paper towel. Microwave at HIGH for 1 to 2 minutes or until completely dry and crisp, checking every 30 seconds (watch closely for burning). Cool completely.

Step 3

Place rind and basil in a coffee or spice grinder; process until ground. Add sugar; process until very finely ground.

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