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Mint Simple Syrup

Mint simple syrup is made with fresh mint leaves, sugar, and water, and can be used to add a burst of flavor to cocktails, mocktails, and other beverages. Mint simple syrup is easy to make at home, and can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a month.

jar of homemade mint simple syrup with a jigger and pile of sugar

To make mint simple syrup, you’ll need fresh mint leaves, granulated sugar, and water. The process involves heating the sugar and water in a saucepan until the sugar dissolves, then adding the mint leaves and steeping them for several minutes. The mixture is then strained to remove the mint leaves, leaving behind a sweet and minty syrup that can be used to flavor a variety of drinks.

Mint simple syrup is a versatile ingredient that can be used in a variety of ways. It’s a popular addition to cocktails like mojitos and mint juleps, and can also be used to sweeten iced tea, lemonade, and other non-alcoholic beverages. 

History

Mint simple syrup has been around for centuries and is a staple ingredient in many classic cocktails and mocktails. The use of mint in drinks dates back to ancient times when it was believed to have medicinal properties. The Greeks and Romans used mint in their baths and as a breath freshener. In the Middle Ages, mint was used to treat stomach ailments and was also used in cooking.

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The first recorded use of mint in cocktails was in the 18th century when it was used in the Mint Julep, a popular drink in the southern United States. The Mint Julep is made with bourbon, sugar, water, and fresh mint leaves. Mint Juleps were traditionally served in silver or pewter cups and were a favorite of politicians and socialites.

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The Mojito, a Cuban cocktail, also features mint as a key ingredient. The Mojito is made with white rum, sugar, lime juice, soda water, and fresh mint leaves. The drink became popular in the United States in the 1930s after Ernest Hemingway introduced it to the American public.

How to Make It

jar of homemade simple syrup with a jigger and pile of sugar

Mint Simple Syrup

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Making your own mint simple syrup is a quick and easy process. Here's how you can do it at home:

Ingredients

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup fresh mint leaves

Instructions

In a small saucepan, combine the water, sugar, and mint leaves.

  1. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly until the sugar dissolves.
  2. Reduce the heat and let the mixture simmer for 5 minutes, allowing the mint to infuse into the syrup.
  3. Remove the pan from the heat and let the syrup cool to room temperature.
  4. Strain the syrup through a fine mesh sieve or cheesecloth to remove the mint leaves.
  5. Pour the syrup into a sterilized mason jar or glass bottle and refrigerate until ready to use.

Notes

You can also add other ingredients to the syrup to give it a unique flavor. For example, you can add lemon zest, ginger syrup, cinnamon simple syrup, or maple syrup. You can also blend fresh berries into the syrup for a fruity twist.

Variations

Mint simple syrup is a versatile ingredient that can be used in a variety of drinks and desserts. While the classic recipe is made with spearmint or peppermint, there are many variations of this syrup that can be made with different flavors and fruits. Here are some ideas to try:

Fruit-flavored

Add pureed fruit to the basic recipe to create a fruity version of mint simple syrup. Try using strawberries, raspberries, or cranberries for a bright burst of flavor. You can also use pear or apple for a more subtle sweetness.

Lemon

Add lemon zest or juice to the syrup for a tangy twist on the classic recipe. This variation is perfect for adding to iced tea or lemonade.

Ginger

Add grated ginger to the syrup for a spicy kick. This variation is perfect for adding to cocktails or hot tea.

Mojito mint

Use a combination of spearmint and peppermint to create a mojito-inspired syrup. This variation is perfect for adding to cocktails or mocktails.

Does mint simple syrup go bad?

Yes, mint simple syrup can go bad. The syrup can last for up to a month in the fridge if stored in an airtight container. However, if you notice any mold, discoloration, or an off smell, it’s best to discard the syrup.

Does mint simple syrup need to be refrigerated?

Why is my mint simple syrup brown?

If your mint simple syrup turns brown, it’s likely due to the oxidation of the mint leaves. This can happen if the leaves are not fresh or if you overheat the syrup. To prevent this, use fresh mint leaves and avoid overheating the syrup.

Mint Simple Syrup
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Written by Paul Kushner

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