Learn how to make mint simple syrup with this easy recipe. Follow our step-by-step guide for a delicious and refreshing addition to your cocktails, drinks, and desserts!
This is not your regular old simple syrup recipe. Fresh mint sprigs transform standard sweet syrup into a delicious mint version.
Why you'll love this recipe
- Simple ingredients
- Great way to add a twist to cocktail recipes
- A wonderful addition to your favorite drinks and baked goods
Ingredients and substitutions
Here are a few quick notes about the ingredients in this recipe. You can see a complete list of ingredients and instructions in the recipe card below.
Fresh mint leaves - Infusing the leaves of the mint plant in a sugar-water mixture, gives us the real minty flavor that's so delicious.
Organic cane sugar - This type of sugar is less refined than white sugar and is vegan-friendly. For different flavor variations, substitute honey, maple syrup, or coconut sugar in its place.
Types of mint
There are many different types of mint each with its own unique flavor profile. Here are some of the most popular:
- Spearmint: This is the most common type used in cocktails and baking. It has a fresh, sweet, and slightly earthy flavor that pairs well with many different ingredients.
- Peppermint: Peppermint has a stronger, more intense flavor than spearmint, with a cool, refreshing taste that works well in cocktails and minty desserts.
- Chocolate Mint: As the name suggests, this kind has a chocolatey flavor that is often used in baking, especially for desserts like brownies and cookies.
- Pineapple Mint: This type has a fruity flavor with notes of pineapple, making it a great choice for drinks and fruit-based desserts.
- Apple Mint: Has a subtle apple flavor and is often used in salads, cocktails, and baking.
Before you start: Get out all ingredients, saucepan, and fine-mesh strainer.
Using a 1:1 ratio of sugar to water, this recipe can easily be adjusted
Step 1: In a small pot, add one cup sugar and one cup water to a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, turn heat low, and stir frequently until sugar dissolves.
Step 2: Remove from heat and add mint. Steep for 15 minutes, then strain with a fine mesh sieve into an airtight jar or container. Allow to cool to room temperature before capping it with a lid and storing it in the fridge.
Like other flavored simple syrup recipes, there are a variety of ways in which to put it to use. So, what to do with homemade mint syrup? Here are some ideas to get you started:
- This minty syrup would make a great mocktail staple.
- Add it to your favorite hot drink; hot cocoa, hot tea, or a latte.
- Use in place of mint extract or in place of liquid sweeteners called for in a recipe.
- Mint juleps, regular or virgin mojito, and any other cocktail you'd like a hint of mint.
- Add to cold drinks or other cold items; iced tea, lemonade, granitas, and ice cream.
- Drizzle over fresh berries, cakes, or cupcakes.
- Mix with soda water for a light, refreshing drink!
Unlike regular simple syrup, infused syrups have a shorter shelf life. Store this syrup in a sterile, airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week.
Yes! Once the syrup cools, transfer it into ice cube trays. Freeze until solid and then store in a freezer-safe ziplock bag.
Cocktails with simple syrup
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Mint Simple Syrup
- 1 cup organic cane sugar
- 1 cup water
- ¾ cup fresh mint leaves
- In a small saucepan, add organic cane sugar and water. Bring to a boil and then turn heat to low, stirring often until sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat and add mint. Allow to steep for about 15 minutes, then strain syrup into a sterile airtight jar or container.
- Allow syrup to cool before sealing with a lid. Store in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.
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