Fresh Mint Simple Syrup

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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.

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💚 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.

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🍃 How to Make Mint Syrup

A saucepan filled with water and sugar.
A saucepan filled with water and sugar.
A saucepan filled with sugar, water and mint leaves.
A saucepan filled with mint leaves, sugar, water and a yellow spatula
A saucepan filled with water, sugar and wilted green leaves.
A silver mesh strainer filled with wet green leaves.
A silver mixing bowl filled with freshly strained mint syrup.
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Top view of a swing-top bottle filled with syrup.
  1. To make mint syrup, combine sugar, water and mint leaves in a small saucepan over high heat. Bring to a boil.
  2. Once boiling, reduce the heat to a simmer and simmer for 15 minutes.
  3. Turn off the heat, and allow the syrup to sit and infuse for 15 minutes longer.
  4. Strain the mixture and discard the mint leaves before using or storing the syrup.
  5. Enjoy!

🫗 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.
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❓ Frequently Asked Questions

Does mint simple syrup need to be refrigerated?

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.

How do you know when simple syrup goes bad?

Simple syrup will usually turn cloudy and smell off-putting when it is time to dispose of it.

How do I store homemade simple syrup?

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.

A sprig of fresh green mint leaves rests on a light grey table next to a glass bottle filled with golden syrup.

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Mint Simple Syrup

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.
4.99 from 52 votes
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Course: Condiments, Dessert, Sweets
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Resting Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Kristen Wood


  • 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.
  • Enjoy!


Sugar: You can use any granulated sugar you prefer. White sugar, brown sugar, coconut sugar – it all works!
Mint Leaves: You can use peppermint leaves, spearmint leaves, any mint leaves you prefer or have on hand, or even a combination.


Serving: 0.25cup | Calories: 148kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 0.2g | Fat: 0.2g | Saturated Fat: 0.01g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.03g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.001g | Sodium: 5mg | Potassium: 33mg | Fiber: 0.5g | Sugar: 37g | Vitamin A: 239IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 0.3mg
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  1. 5 stars
    Loving this minty simple syrup. It’s very handy and so easy to make. I love that it remains fresh for a long time in the refrigerator.

  2. 5 stars
    In the fall, I always have a lot of fresh mint that I grow but never know what to do with it. Now I know what I will be making with all my extra mint leaves. Your fresh mint syrup is so perfect for leftover mint leaves.

  3. 5 stars
    Mint is my favorite flavor to add to iced tea. This is really easy and adds refreshing sweetness!

  4. 5 stars
    The touch of mint in this simple syrup is genius! I love the minty flavor it adds to cocktails and I used it in lemonade, too!