The Perfect Mint Simple Syrup
One of my favorite ways to add a little extra flavor to drinks, is by adding mint simple syrup. Not only is it super easy to make, it will keep for up to a week in the fridge, and is much more refreshing than just adding sugar. Not to mention, flavoring your own drinks tastes so much better than buying them pre-made.
What you'll need:
1 cup Sugar 1 cup Water Fresh Mint Leaves
Put 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar in a small pot on medium heat. Stir until sugar has dissolved and add in the mint leaves. Continue to stir, and allow the mixture to bubble for a few seconds. Turn off the burner, and remove from heat. The mint leaves will wilt and shrivel to less than half what they originally were. For this reason, I add as much mint as possible (plus, I love me some mint!). After removing from heat, pour into a jar as soon as possible. I like to keep the leaves in the syrup because it continues to make the flavor stronger with time. Make sure you let the syrup cool completely before closing it up. The simple syrup will keep for up to one week in the fridge.
If you are like me, and love a lot of mint flavor but just a little sweetness, add 1 cup water and 2/3 cup sugar. Yes, this does make the mixture a little watery (you won't even notice), but then you can add more without making your drink too sweet. If you really want to get crazy, add a little lavender into the pot while cooking, and make a mint/lavender simple syrup! YUMMY!
This syrup goes well in so many things, especially during the summer months! I like to add this to iced tea, hot tea, coffee (the BEST in a nice cup of cold brew with almond milk), mojitos, etc. The list could go on and on. Not to mention, it looks gorgeous!
What are your favorite summer time drinks?