Do you have an endless supply of mint growing in your herb garden? Turn it into this mint simple syrup that can be used in lemonade, cocktails, tea or other summer desserts.
Mint is a staple in my summer garden for lot's of different reasons. It's really easy to grow, we get tons every summer and everything is better with fresh mint!
We love to add it to things like mint lemonade, watermelon limeade or a watermelon fruit salad.
It also goes great with teas such as the Starbucks Medicine Ball Tea or a soothing hot toddy with bourbon.
Honestly, we even eat it right off the plant. A natural breath mint.
Recently we started making this mint simple syrup with our excess mint and we are hooked. It's super simple and great to add in mixed drinks or iced tea.
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Reasons to Love this Simple Syrup
- Really easy to make
- Lasts up to a month in the refrigerator
- Uses tons of fresh mint
- Can be added to all kinds of drinks
- Pairs well with fruit
- Adds a fresh taste to desserts
There is not much that is needed to make this mint simple syrup. It calls for only a few basic ingredients. Water, sugar and of course mint.
Fresh mint leaves: I prefer to use a mojito mint plant for this particular recipe. The flavor pairs so well with teas and lemonades. Just about any mint will do so go with the type that fits your needs.
See the recipe card for full ingredients and measurements.
How to Make
Start off by giving the mint leaves a good rinse.
Add water and sugar to a small pot on the stove over medium heat and begin to heat up to dissolve the sugar.
Add in the mint leaves and stir.
Bring the water to a boil and then reduce to a simmer.
Allow the pot to simmer for 20-25 minutes or until the liquid is reduced down and has a syrupy consistency.
Place a fine mesh strainer over the top of a bowl or jar and strain the syrup catching all the mint leaves.
Gently move the leaves around with a spatula to make sure all the liquid makes it through.
Toss the leaves.
Store in a glass jar or container and keep in the refrigerator for up to a month.
This syrup also freezes really well. Just freeze in an ice cube tray and keep the frozen cubes in a freezer safe container.
Small Pot: I like to use a 2 qt pot to make simple syrups.
Fine Mesh Strainer: To catch all the mint leaves.
Glass Jar or Bottles: These flip lock bottles are great for storing and serving homemade simple syrups.
Ways to Serve
This mint syrup is so great to have on hand during both winter or summer. It can be added to drinks like a medicine ball tea, hot toddy or mint lemonade. It can also be added to things like:
- Tea - Iced and Hot
- Ice Cream
- Fruit Salad
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Other Simple Syrups:
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Mint Simple Syrup
- 1 Cup Water
- 1 Cup Granulated Sugar
- 1 Cup Fresh Mint Leaves Packed
- Start off by giving the mint leaves a good rinse.
- Add water and sugar to a small pot on the stove over medium heat and begin to heat up to dissolve the sugar. Add in the mint leaves and stir.
- Bring the water to a boil and then reduce to a simmer. Allow the pot to simmer for 20-25 minutes or until the liquid is reduced down and has a syrupy consistency.
- Place a fine mesh strainer over the top of a bowl or jar and strain the syrup, catching all the mint leaves.
- Gently move the leaves around with a spatula to make sure all the liquid makes It through.Toss the leaves.
- Store in a glass jar, bottle or container in the refrigerator up to a month.
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