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Homemade Mint Simple Syrup

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  • Author: Emily Dixon, Sweets & Thank You
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cups simple syrup 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


This homemade mint syrup is a cocktail and mocktail staple. It’s perfect for drinks of all kinds!   


  • 1 cup (200 grams) sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup fresh mint leaves (about 1 oz.)


  1. Combine Sugar And Water. In a small saucepan, combine water and sugar.
  2. Dissolve Over Medium Heat, whisking or stirring as needed to help the sugar dissolve. You don’t need the mixture to boil, just bring it to almost a simmer until the sugar dissolves.
  3. Add Fresh Mint. Then, add the fresh mint leaves to the hot simple syrup and gently crush it a bit with your spoon. (The heat will make it start to wilt almost immediately, so you just need to tuck any stray leaves into the syrup.)
  4. Steep A Least 30 Minutes. Let the mint steep in the simple syrup at least 30 minutes for the best flavor. Chill the syrup if you plan to steep it longer than 1 hour. (Some folks leave theirs to steep in the fridge up to 1 day, but that can sometimes run bitter.)
  5. Strain The Syrup. Place a small sieve over a mason jar or bowl and pour the mint simple syrup through the sieve to strain out the mint.
  6. Serve & Store. Cool the syrup and store in a glass jar or airtight container in the refrigerator up to 2 weeks. Add to your favorite drink recipes and more! 
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American
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