Both types of leaves are incredibly fragrant--once you break them and release their oils it's hard to escape their heady aroma. I minced them up and poured organic agave nectar over them to make two infusions. With lavender or rosemary, I have to let the mixture steep overnight to capture the essence of the herbs in the agave. With eucalyptus and bay, the agave was powerfully flavorful within minutes.
|CA Bay Leaf image from Chow.com|