Learn how to make a simple syrup out of mint. It’s an easy quick process that you can use in your drinks or for baking cakes.
This mint simple syrup is an incredibly aromatic and versatile addition to your drinks and baked goods.
It’s incredible how easy and customizable it is to make simple syrup.
It is a great ingredient not just for cocktail making and sweetening drinks but also for baking.
And this mint simple syrup recipe is a delicious and refreshing variation of the classic unflavored simple syrup.
This will also work, as an alternative, to the Easy Espresso Martini With Baileys Recipe for an added deep flavor.
What is a Simple Syrup?
Cocktail making can call for expensive and difficult-to-find ingredients.
However, simple syrup is very easy to make at home and rather inexpensive. This is a relief because most cocktail recipes call for the syrup to sweeten the drink.
Syrup is used because it blends easier and more evenly. Whereas undissolved sugar (especially in cold drinks) will sit at the bottom of the glass.
It is a neutral colorless sweetener, ideal for infusing spices and herbs to add a new layer of flavor to drinks and cake.
One of the most delicious and easiest to make is mint simple syrup. But before we start, it’s best to master the basics…
How to Make (Unflavored) Classic Simple Syrup
1 cup white granulated sugar
1 cup water
Simple syrup is made with equal parts of dissolved sugar and water. It can also be made by doubling the quantity of sugar to make what is considered a “rich syrup”.
Step 1 — On medium heat, bring water to a boil in a saucepan.
Step 2 — Add the sugar and stir until completely dissolved.
How to Make Mint Simple Syrup
1 cup of white granulated sugar
1 cup of water
1 cup fresh mint leaves (stems discarded)
Follow the same steps for making a classic syrup. But include a final step of adding in fresh mint leaves.
And then, leave it aside for a few minutes so that it can be infused with the mint.
Useful Tools to Have on Hand to Make Syrup
Whether you decide to infuse your syrup with mint or with other spices, you’ll need the following tools:
Fine mesh strainer
Crystal bottle or Mason jar for storage
How to Make Simple Syrup for Cakes
When it comes to baking there’s nothing sadder than a dry cake. And at some point, it has happened to the best of bakers.
To fix this problem, use syrup to moisten a dry cake! Infused syrups also add a depth of flavor that compliments any cake recipe.
Picture cinnamon simple syrup for a vanilla sponge cake or this mint simple syrup in a chocolate cake!
The great news is that there isn’t a difference between simple syrup for drinks or cocktails or cakes.
Step 1 — Make your simple syrup and let it cool down.
Step 2 — Once it has reached room temperature, transfer it into a squeeze bottle.
Step 3 — Lightly drizzle the cake with syrup.
Step 4 — Let it sit for a few hours so that the flavors and moisture transfer to the cake layers.
Step 5 — For extra moisture, poke a few holes into the cake with a toothpick before adding the syrup.
4 Cocktail and Mocktail Drinks to Make with Mint Simple Syrup
This mint simple syrup is a killer with the perfect ingredient to mix up something special. Here are four delicious recipes to try:
1 — Mint Julep
This classic Southern cocktail, the Mint Julep is perfect for sipping on a hot day. Simply combine mint simple syrup, bourbon, and ice in a glass and enjoy.
2 — Mint Mojito
This refreshing drink is perfect for sipping poolside. Combine mint simple syrup, rum, lime juice, mint leaves, and sparkling water for a delicious treat.
3 — Mint Lemonade
This classic summer beverage, the Sparkling Mint Lemonade is made even better with mint simple syrup. Simply combine the syrup with lemonade and ice for a refreshing treat.
4 — Mint Iced Tea
This refreshing take on iced tea is perfect for hot summer days. Combine mint simple syrup, black tea, and ice for a delicious beverage.
For more great infusing possibilities for simple syrups, check out a few of our other favorites below —
- Brown simple syrup — A richer and more caramel flavor, ideal for strong dark drinks
- Gingerbread syrup — For a festive flavor
- Orange syrup — Perfect for flavoring iced tea, jello shots and so much more
- Butterfly pea flower syrup — For a magically color-changing mint julep-inspired drink
Mint Simple Syrup Recipe
- Measuring cups
- Small saucepan
- Fine mesh strainer
- Crystal bottle or mason jar
- 1 cup white granulated sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup fresh mint leaves stems discarded
- Store in an air-tight container in the fridge or freezer for up to 1 month.
- A couple of spoons will suffice to sweeten iced tea.
- The final product has a golden color and a very fresh and aromatic flavor, which goes really well for cocktails that use mint or, green tea, or mint tea.
- Try making it also with lemon peel to enhance its fresh flavor.
- Prepare the fresh mint leaves by washing the mint and discarding the stems.
- In a small saucepan on medium heat, pour in the sugar and water and bring to a boil.
- Stir well until all the sugar dissolves.
- Lower the temperature, add the mint leaves and continue stirring. Cook for 1 minute.
- Take it off of the stove and let it sit for 5 minutes so that mint essential oils and aroma can seep into the syrup.
- Strain into a glass bottle or a Mason jar. Let cool until it reaches room temperature.
Classic Simple Syrup Recipe
- Measuring cups
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup water
- On medium heat, bring water to a boil in a saucepan.
- Add the sugar and stir until completely dissolved.
Don’t forget to share your mint simple syrup with us on Instagram using the hashtag #sugarandclothloves. We always love seeing all of your creations! Looking for more quick and delicious recipes? Find them all right here with a few cocktails to go along with them!