• In a small saucepan, combine sugar, water, and basil. Bring to a boil just to melt sugar, stirring occasionally. Let cool to room temperature.
• Strain through a wire-mesh sieve, discarding basil leaves.
• Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
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