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Easy, fresh and sweet this mint simple syrup is the perfect addition for your mojitos, mocktails and desserts. With only three ingredients needed for this recipe, you can have it ready in about 10 to 15 minutes. If you’re looking for a little minty addition to your drinks or food, this is your ticket.
🥂What is Mint Simple Syrup?
Mint simple syrup is a combination of equal ratios sugar, water and mint leaves. The resulting sweetener is a super refreshing sweet minty flavor. It’s great for stirring in to a wide variety of different drinks or drizzling over many different foods.
This cool, crisp and sweet syrup is one of many different flavored simple syrups. Simple syrups are commonly used on foods, but are especially great to stir into beverages. This is because the simple syrup dissolves better than regular sugar.
Creating a flavored simple syrup is almost as easy as making it plain. You still take the equal ratio of sugar in water and then just add in whatever flavor you want. Some other examples of this include coconut simple syrup, peppermint simple syrup and lemon syrup.
Here are a few of the reasons this should be considered a must try recipe:
- Sweet and cooling. This flavorful syrup has a very sweet yet cooling and refreshing flavor from the mint. It’s perfect for both winter holidays and summer time festivities.
- Easy. With only three ingredients two of which being sugar and water that you’re sure to have in your kitchen right now, you can have this made in about 10 to 15 minutes.
- Versatile. Not only can you make some fun flavor variations easily with this recipe, but it’s also able to be used on a wide variety of different beverages and foods.
- 1 cup Sugar
- 1 cup Water
- 1 cup Mint Leaves
Get everything you need for this recipe gathered up including sugar, water, measuring, mint leaves, saucepan, strainer, wooden spoon and jar with a lid.
Take one cup of mint leaves and toss them into the saucepan.
Take one cup of sugar and toss it into the saucepan.
Take one cup of water and toss it into the saucepan.
Place everything on the stove top at medium heat and simmer it for about 10 minutes. You’ll want to stir frequently while it heats.
Take your pot off the stove and pour your liquid through a strainer into your jar. The strainer allows you to remove all of the pieces of mint leaves.
Screw the top onto your jar and place it into the refrigerator for about 2 hours to thicken and chill.
⭐How to Use
- Mojitos and other minty cocktails. This is a perfect addition to mojitos or other cocktails that need a mint flavor. Instead of muddling your mint, you can simply add a little bit of this syrup.
- Mint flavored mocktails. You can add a little bit of this syrup into a wide variety of different mocktails to get a little mint flavor. A mango mojito mocktail, or a virgin mojito would be a good choice to start.
- Iced or hot tea. Add an ounce or so of this directly into your iced or hot tea for a little sweet flavor infusion.
- Hot or iced coffee or latte. Add a little splash of this syrup directly into any of your favorite coffees or lattes. This way you can make your own sweet, flavor infused fancy coffee at home.
- Lemonade or flavored soda. Add a little splash of this syrup into your lemonade or soda water for a cool, crisp and refreshing sweet flavor.
- Drizzle over food. You can drizzle this over a wide variety of different foods from fruit salads to cakes to infuse them with a little minty sweetness.
If you’re interested and if you variations for this recipe, here are a few suggestions to consider:
- Use a different sweetener. Though granulated white sugar works really well with this recipe, you can use a different sweetener if you prefer. Honey would provide a really nice flavor addition to this recipe.
- Thicken it up. There are a few different ways you can make this slightly thicker. The main reason to thicken it is if you’re going to drizzle it over foods. Add a teaspoon of cornstarch or a little additional sugar for a thicker syrup.
- Add additional flavor. One of the fun things about the syrup is that you can add additional flavors in that pair well with mint. A few ideas include: Make it spicy, add one teaspoon of paprika or other hot spice. Add some citrus, add 1 teaspoon of lemon, lime or orange juice. Add fruit flavor, add a few chunks of watermelon, strawberry or other fruits to increase the flavor.
💭 Top Tips & Storage
Make sure you follow these process tips and storage recommendations for the best syrup possible:
- Airtight container. Store this in an airtight container such as a Pyrex or a jar with a lid. Make sure to keep it in the refrigerator and don’t keep it longer than 2 to 4 weeks.
- Freeze if necessary. If you won’t be using this faster than the two to four week time frame, you should freeze it. The best way to do this is in an ice cube tray. Pour your syrup in the tray, allow it to freeze, pop the cubes out and put them in a freezer bag.
- Don’t let it boil. While you’re heating it on the stove, let it simmer, but not boil. Boiling will cause some of the water to evaporate as well as possibly burn or scorch the syrup.
- Stir regularly. Again, as your heating, it’s really important to stir this frequently. If you don’t stir it it can scorch on the bottom of the pot.
Mint Simple Syrup
- Wooden Spoon
- Jar or Pyrex
- Measuring Cup
- 1 Cup Water
- 1 Cup Sugar
- 1 Cup Mint Leaves
- Add 1 cup of mint leaves into the pot.
- Add 1 cup of water into the pot.
- Add 1 cup of sugar into the pot.
- Put the pot on the stovetop at medium heat to simmer for 10 minutes.
- Stir it frequently while it heats.
- Take the pot off the heat and pour the syrup through the strainer to remove the mint leaves.
- Add syrup to a jar with a lid or a pyrex and place it into the fridge to chill for 1 – 2 hours.
- Use a strainer to remove the mint leaves from the final syrup.
- Stir consistently through heating to prevent the syrup from scalding on the bottom of the pan.
- Allow the syrup to cool for 1 – 2 hours before using so that it will thicken up.
- Put it into an air tight container and keep it in the fridge for 2 – 4 weeks.
- If it won’t be used before that time, then you can freeze it. Using ice cube trays works well.