Mint Simple Syrup, an easy mint-infused syrup recipe with fresh mint! Learn how to make mint simple syrup and a list of drinks with mint simple syrup including cocktails, mocktails, and other beverages.
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Oh boy, loving this Mint Simple Syrup this year! It’s the best in cocktails, mocktails, and other drinks. Comes in handy year-round for a wide range of drinks and also makes a fabulous gift including a great homemade Christmas present.
If you have no idea what I’m talking about, maybe we should start by explaining simple syrup…
What is Simple Syrup?
Simply put, it’s sugar and water boiled together until the sugar has dissolved.
There are different types of simple syrups including different ratios of sugar to water. More sugar results in a thicker syrupy syrup. A higher water to sugar ratio (such as 3 parts water to 1 part sugar) is used for glazing desserts such as cakes, while a lower water to sugar ratio (such as 1 or 2 parts water to 1 part sugar) is used for sweetening beverages.
The syrup can be flavored with a wide range of things (see below for some ideas) and is quick and easy to make!
(full printable recipe card is at the bottom of this post.)
You won’t believe how quick and easy this simple syrup is to make. Only takes a few minutes of prep and a few minutes of cooking. If you can boil water, you can make this with no problem!
Ingredients for Mint Simple Syrup:
- Granulated Sugar
- Fresh Mint Leaves (washed)
How to Make Mint Simple Syrup:
- Place water, sugar, and fresh mint leaves in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat.
- Bring mixture to a boil, stirring occasionally, until sugar fully dissolves.
- Simmer for about 1-2 minutes, then remove pan from heat. Let mint leaves steep for about 15-30 minutes.
- Pour mixture through strainer over a large glass jar to remove mint leaves.
- Cool completely, cover, and refrigerate.
Tips For Making Mint Simple Syrup:
- For best results use fresh washed mint leaves, and not mint extract or mint flavoring.
- You can change the simple syrup ratio of water to sugar BUT know that you will change the taste considerably. I like it on the sweeter side so I can add less to drinks.
- You can use more/less mint for a stronger or less strong mint flavor.
- Make sure the sugar is completely dissolved in the water before removing the mixture from the heat.
- Strain the mint leaves out of the syrup before storing the simple syrup. You may want to strain a few times or through cheesecloth to get out any small sediments that may have remained on the mint leaves.
- Store the finished simple syrup in a covered glass jar in the refrigerator.
How to Store Simple Syrup?
Store the simple syrup covered in the refrigerator in a glass jar for best results.
How Long is Mint Infused Simple Syrup Good for?
Simple syrups, if stored covered in the refrigerator, can last about 1-3 weeks. If the syrup starts to smell “off” or appear moldy, do not use.
Drinks with Mint Simple Syrup:
Here are some drinks (cocktails and non-alcoholic) ideas that you could use this Mint Simple Syrup in…
- Strawberry Mint Lemonade (cocktail or mocktail versions)
- Mint Julep
- Moscow Mule
- Fruit Punch
- Sparkling Water with a little lime/lemon
- Tea & Ice Tea
What Substitutions Can I Make To This Simple Syrup?
- Instead of granulated sugar you can experiment with different types of sweeteners (such as honey). I haven’t tried others, so can’t say for sure how any, in particular, will work.
- Instead of mint, you can use your favorite fresh herbs or flavor combinations. Rosemary, basil, and/or lavendar would be good ones to try.
- You can also experiment with adding other flavoring to the syrup such as citrus zest (orange, lemon, or lime), vanilla beans, berries (blackberries, strawberries, etc.), or even vegetables (such as cucumber).
Hope you enjoy this tasty Mint Simple Syrup!
Mint Simple Syrup
- 2 cups water
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 1 cup fresh mint leaves
- Place water, sugar, and fresh mint leaves in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally, until sugar dissolves.
- Simmer for about 1-2 minutes, then remove pan from heat. Let steep for about 15-30 minutes.
- Pour mixture through strainer over a large glass jar to remove mint leaves. Cool completely, cover, and refrigerate.