Looking for a delicious and refreshing way to sweeten up your drinks? Then look no further than this delicious homemade simple syrup recipe with mint! Made with just a few ingredients and ready in minutes, this delightful mint simple syrup is perfect for adding a touch of sweetness to cocktails, mocktails, iced tea, and more.
How to Make Homemade Mint Syrup
If you love the taste of fresh mint, then you’ll adore this easy-to-make simple syrup. Simple Mint Syrup works great in cocktails, lemonade, teas, and soups. It adds sweetness to recipes, like beverages like cocktail recipes, like whiskey sour and Old Fashioned Cocktail Recipes. Using Mint simple syrup will add great flavor recipes.
Can I Make it Without Mint
You can easily make it without mint. You will use the same amount of water and sugar as you do with the mint version, you will just skip the mint.
Can I Use a Different Herb
If you love the idea of flavored simple syrup but you do not want to use mint, you can use another herb. Depending on the herb, you might need more or less of the fresh leaves but you can make the syrup with whatever you like.
Rosemary , basil, or thyme are delicious choices.
More Variation Ideas
This recipe is so simple and so versatile, there are a lot of ways to change it up. Some of my favorite ideas, besides changing the herbs are:
If you are looking for ideas on flavor twists, you can try using ginger and cloves, or add in citrus zest, using oranges, lemon or lime and even grapefruit.
Lavender and Vanilla beans make a great combination.
Cinnamon sticks can be used as well.
Add some of your favorite spices to make a more savory style syrup.
Make it Sugar free. Yes, you can use artificial sweeteners to make this and take away the carbs and calories.
Use brown sugar. This will give a rich simple syrup. It will taste great and give a deep flavor when added to recipes.
You will need to change the 1 to 1 ratio but you can add molasses, maple syrup or honey. Agave is another choice.
Recipes using Simple Syrup
- Easy Blackberry Margaritas
- Blackberry Iced Tea
- Vampire Drink Halloween Cocktail
- Sparkling Mint Mojito
- Ginger Sage Cocktail | Mother’s Day Brunch Cocktail
How to Store Homemade Simple Syrup
You will want to store the homemade mint simple syrup in a glass jar or container with a lid. Keep it in the refrigerator.
Can Simple Syrup Be Frozen
You can easily freeze the simple syrup. You can place the whole batch into a freezer safe container or you can freeze it in an ice cube tray. Then move the ice cubes to a freezer bag. This lets you take out a small bit as you are ready to use it.
The mint syrup will last for up to 6 months.
Do I need to Sterilize my Container for the Syrup?
Since you want to make sure that nothing grows in the syrup, you will want to sterilize the container before using it. Use boiling water in the glass jar to sterilize it. While you want to make sure you have killed anything in the jar, you don’t have to make it a strenuous experience.
How Long Does it Last
When you store the syrup in the refrigerator, in a sterilized container, it will last for about 2 weeks.
How Do I Know My Homemade Simple Syrup is Bad?
If the mint simple syrup does not look clear and has a cloudy look to it, it has started to go bad.
Get the full list of ingredients, with measurements, and step-by-step instructions at the bottom of the post in the printable recipe card.
- Fresh mint leaves
How to Make Simple Syrup
It is as simple as a one to one ratio. It is equal parts – part water to equal part sugar.
In a small saucepan, boil sugar and water over medium-high heat until the sugar is dissolved.
Once the sugar is dissolved, add the mint leave and let simmer for about 10 minutes.
Remove from the heat and allow to continue to steep for 15 minutes.
Strain the leaves from the syrup using a strainer and add to a glass jar. Place it in the refrigerator until you are ready to use it.
How to Make Homemade Simple Syrup with Mint
- Small saucepan
- Glass bottle to put the syrup in
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- ½ cup fresh mint leaves
- Step 1: Pour the water and sugar into the saucepan.
- Step 2: Turn the burner on medium and bring the mixture to a boil. Stirring occasionally.
- Step 3: Once the sugar has completely dissolved, add in the mint leaves, and let the syrup cook for approximately 10 minutes. It will reduce slightly.
- Step 4: Remove the pan from the heat and let the syrup continue to steep for another 10 – 15 minutes.
- Step 5: Remove the mint leaves from the syrup either using a strainer, tongs, or a ladle.
- Step 6: Pour the syrup into the glass bottle that you will be storing the syrup in.
- Step 7: Keep the syrup in the refrigerator until you are ready to use it.
- Step 8: Enjoy!