Fresh mint simple syrup is very easy to make at home and a versatile syrup that will bring a fresh mint flavor to desserts, drinks, and more! Vegan and gluten-free.
💚 Why You Will Love This Recipe
- It’s super easy to make mint simple syrup.
- You only need 3 ingredients to make this simple syrup recipe.
- You can make a batch and store it to have on hand whenever you need that fresh mint flavor.
- This syrup adds both sweetness and super fresh flavor that can be enjoyed in a large variety of ways.
- Naturally vegan, dairy-free, nut-free, soy-free, and gluten-free.
🌿 Ingredients and Substitutes
Sugar: Any type of granulated sugar will work in this recipe. White cane sugar will result in the sweetest, and clearest-looking syrup, whereas brown sugar and coconut sugar will offer slight caramel notes. As for liquid sweeteners, honey will work in this recipe to produce mint honey syrup instead!
Fresh mint leaves: Fresh mint leaves add all the flavor to this recipe. You can use whatever variety of mint you can find at the store or happen to be growing yourself. I prefer a combination of peppermint and spearmint leaves, but have fun using the mint leaves you most prefer.
Water: Water is essential in a simple syrup recipe and when combined with both sugar and heat, will form a syrup.
Note: This recipe is for mint syrup, but the same recipe formula can be used to make a simple syrup from any edible herb.
🍃 How to Make Mint Syrup
- To make mint syrup, combine sugar, water and mint leaves in a small saucepan over high heat. Bring to a boil.
- Once boiling, reduce the heat to a simmer and simmer for 15 minutes.
- Turn off the heat, and allow the syrup to sit and infuse for 15 minutes longer.
- Strain the mixture and discard the mint leaves before using or storing the syrup.
How to Use Mint Syrup
- Use mint syrup in cocktails like mint juleps or mojitos or mocktails.
- Pour mint syrup into ice cube trays and freeze to store and have it handy for plopping into drinks.
- Use mint syrup in smoothies or drizzle over ice cream.
- Drizzle mint syrup over freshly baked goods like cake.
- Mix mint syrup into lemonade to make mint lemonade.
❓ Frequently Asked Questions
While it probably will not hurt to leave mint simple syrup out at room temperature for less than a day, it will keep longer and taste better when stored in the refrigerator from the start.
Simple syrup will usually turn cloudy and smell off-putting when it is time to dispose of it.
Store simple syrup in a glass jar, bottle, or airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week, or in the freezer for up to 6 months.
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Mint Simple Syrup
- 2 cups water
- 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar of choice
- 1 cup fresh mint leaves of choice
- Combine the water, sugar and mint leaves in a saucepan over high heat, then bring to a boil.
- Give all a good stir, reduce the heat to a low simmer and simmer for 15 minutes.
- Turn off the heat, then let the syrup sit for 15 minutes longer before straining and discarding the leaves.
- Keep in the fridge for up to one month or enjoy right away.