Anise Hyssop Sauce

Anise hyssop is an uncommon relative of mint whose unique flavor can add a delightful new element to some of your favorite dishes. This sauce combines a sweet and sour flavor with a slight licorice-anise notes of anise hyssop to provide an excellent balance of savory meats and other foods. It pairs especially well with lamb!


  • 3 tablespoons of sugar
  • 6 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup anise hyssop leaves, coarsely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons water


  1. Combine sugar, apple cider vinegar, and 1/2 cup water in small pot and bring to a boil. Add anise hyssop leaves and bring to a boil
  2. Turn off the heat and allow the mixture to steep for 30 minutes. Pour through a sieve into another pot, pressing on leaves to extract all liquid.
  3. Combine cornstarch and 2 tablespoons of water in a small bowl. Whisk into strained liquid. Bring mixture to a boil while whisking to thicken the sauce. Serve with roast lamb or other meat.

Recipe adapted from