Mint simple syrup is the perfect way to sweeten your favorite craft cocktails with a refreshing infusion of minty flavor. All you need is mint, water, and sugar to make this easy DIY cocktail mixer!
If you love to craft cocktails like I do, simple syrup is a necessity. It sweetens cocktails and is a must when making your own sweet and sour mix.
What I love is that you can add various ingredients to the sweet syrup which will enhance the flavor of the cocktail you’re making. For instance, this mint syrup goes so well in a mojito, cucumber mint cosmo, mint julep, and adds a splash of flavor to the blueberry daiquiri.
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- I bought an aerogarden months ago and I love the herbs that I’ve grown in it. One of my favorites is mint.
- If you don’t have your own mint plant, you will find fresh mint in the produce section. It comes in a small rectangular plastic container.
- I use a rubber spatula to bruise the mint leaves as they cook.
- This mint syrup needs to be refrigerated or it will get moldy on your bar.
- I bought a bottle of simple syrup from the store a long time ago just so I could use the glass container it came in. It’s the perfect size, but use whatever container you have on hand that’s good for pouring from.
How to make mint simple syrup
Gather the ingredients – fresh mint leaves, sugar, and water.
Fill a one cup measuring cup with mint leaves. I push down on the mint but don’t necessarily stuff it into the cup.
In a small or medium saucepan, add one cup of water and one cup of white sugar.
Take some mint leaves into your hands and rub them together to bruise them. This releases flavor. Add to the sugar water.
Turn the heat under the pan on medium and use a rubber spatula to further bruise the mint leaves.
Stir the mixture as it cooks because you don’t want the sugar to stick to the bottom of the pan.
Bring the mint syrup to a slight boil. Let it boil for 1 minute, while you stir the mixture.
Remove the pan from the heat.
Allow the syrup to cool at least 10 minutes.
Place a fine mesh strainer over a 2 cup measuring glass. Pour the contents of the pan in the strainer.
Let the simple syrup drain from the mint. Give the strainer a couple of shakes. Must get all the flavor crystals.
Pour the mint syrup into a glass receptacle.
Look at that slight green hue.
I hope you enjoyed this mint simple syrup recipe. It’s a great addition to a variety of cocktails. And remember, you need to store it in the refrigerator.
And as always, may all your dishes/drinks be delish.
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Mint Simple Syrup
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 cup fresh mint leaves
- Add water and sugar to the saucepan.1 cup water, 1 cup white sugar
- Take a handful of mint leaves and rub them with your palms. Add to the saucepan. Keep bruising the mint this way until you empty the cup.1 cup fresh mint leaves
- Turn the heat to medium under the pan.
- Take the rubber spatula and further bruise the mint by taking the edge and squishing the leaves.
- Stir as you wait for the mixture to come to a slight boil. Cook for another minute.
- Take the pan off of the heat and set aside to cool for at least 10 minutes.
- Place a fine mesh strainer on a glass container and pour the contents of the pan in the strainer.
- Let all the syrup drain off the mint. Shake the strainer to make sure you got every drop.
- Pour the simple syrup in a freshly washed glass container.
- Make a cocktail with the syrup.