Homemade mint simple syrup takes minutes to make and is a delicious way to add sweetness to cocktails, mocktail, ice tea, and hot chocolate.
There are no artificial flavors being used here! We’re skipping the extracts and using only real mint. Plain simple syrup is equal parts water and sugar. This mint simple syrup recipe is a quick and easy variation on standard simple syrup. It’s the perfect way to add mint flavor to all kinds of drinks. It’s delicious in cocktail recipes and is a mocktail staple.
Homemade mint syrup is one of my favorite ways to use the abundance of fresh mint that grows in my herb garden every summer. Making my own simple syrup also means I know exactly what’s in it, and lets me avoid any additives from store-bought syrups.
- White Sugar
- Fresh Mint Leaves
How to Make Homemade Mint Syrup
Bring water to a boil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Remove from heat.
Add sugar and stir until sugar dissolves.
Add fresh mint to the mixture and let it steep until the syrup reaches room temperature.
Remove the mint leaves using a fine mesh strainer.
Pour mixture into a glass, airtight container - like a mason jar - and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.
How do I use Mint Simple Syrup?
- Use it in place of regular simple syrup alongside fresh lime juice, white rum, and club soda for a classic mojito cocktail. (Or skip the rum and create a mojito mocktail.)
- Enjoy mint simple syrup in place of the simple syrup in mint juleps.
- Enjoy it in hot drinks and cold drinks alike! Use mint syrup as a liquid sweetener for iced tea, in cold brew coffee, in your favorite hot cocoa, or use in place of peppermint syrup to make peppermint mochas at home.
- Drizzle over fruit salads or fresh berries for a hint of mint and a little sweetness.
- Be sure to make mint simple syrup ahead of time so it can cool completely in the refrigerator before you use it.
- Use a glass container for storing your syrup. It may seem unnecessary, but plastic containers can absorb the flavors of whatever was previously in them and then impart that flavor on the next thing you store in them. This doesn’t happen with glass, so choose a glass container to keep your syrup tasting its best.
FAQs and Substitutions
I like the traditional mint sold in grocery stores, sometimes labeled mojito mint, in this recipe. It gives it the best fresh mint flavor. You can experiment with lots of different varieties of mint, especially if you grow your own mint. Spearmint leaves or chocolate mint are delicious and fun to experiment with in your homemade syrup.
The type of sugar you use matters in this recipe. Cane sugar or beet sugar is best as it will create a sweet syrup without imparting flavor into the syrup. Sweeteners like turbinado sugar, raw sugar, and coconut sugar will give the syrup additional subtle flavors. Stay away from brown sugar, honey, and maple syrup as they will completely change the flavor of the syrup and the emphasis won’t be on that classic mint flavor.
When stored in the refrigerator, homemade mint simple syrup will last for up to 3 weeks. Toss it if it changes color in any way or starts to look even a little cloudy.