Black Pepper Date Simple Syrup


  1.  In a saucepan over medium heat combine dates, water, brown sugar, black pepper and rosemary. Bring to a simmer, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Strain through fine mesh sieve, ensuring not to press pulp solids through. Return to saucepan.
  2. In a bowl, combine cornstarch and a small amount of syrup. Mix well and whisk into saucepan with syrup. Bring to a simmer, cooking until thickened. Remove from heat and cool. Hold refrigerated for service.


  • 5 oz Medjool dates, whole, pitted
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar, brown, packed
  • 1 1/2 tsp McCormick Culinary® Black Pepper, Ground
  • 1/4 tsp McCormick® Culinary Rosemary Leaves, crushed
  • 1 1/2 tsp cornstarch