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mint infused simple syrup recipe –great for drink and…drinks!

July 29, 2009

My (organic) mint plant has become more of a menace than anything else.  Growing leaps and bounds daily –vertically, horizontally via runners, diagonally, and probably upside-down, this aggressive perennial was about to conquer and reign king of the garden and entire backyard.

Now, mint does have its culinary uses –it’s great on watermelon, fine on salads, and a staple in Greek food.  All fine and well.  However, none of these applications would have put much of a dent in the beast.  No, drastic action was needed:  cutting the guilty and burdensome stems and leaves away for mint infused simple syrup.  Yes, simple syrup:  a once boiled and in its current and proper state a liquid solution containing equal amounts of water and dissolved sugar (neep…).

Great in drinks.  Alcohol.  Booze.  Now that I have your attention…

Ingredients:

1.5 cups white sugar

1.5 cups water

A handful of mint leaves.  Garden grown is far superior than that ‘mint’ found in supermarkets.

Directions:

Add all the ingredients to a sauce pan and simmer for 5 minutes.  Make a note to muddle the mint to release its oils.

A liberal handful of mint, and just a small part of the beast

A very liberal handful of mint, and just a small part of the beast

Simmering away

Simmering away

Strain the now mint infused simple syrup and add to a jar.  Once cooled store in the fridge.

Liquid mint infusled simple syrup napalm

Mint infused simple syrup napalm

Serve in:

The best mojitos and mint juleps (so underrated) you’ve ever had.  And the best your friends have also had.  Potentially good in your morning cereal.

Um.....not what it looks like.  Promise.

Um.....not what it looks like. Promise.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. July 29, 2009 9:52 pm

    This is perfect! I have some mint left over from mojitos last weekend that probably won’t make it to the next. I might have to make this tonight!

  2. July 29, 2009 10:07 pm

    Ok, wait, I take that comment back, I did just make some tonight. 🙂 Now I just need some limes and soda water…

  3. edbstratt permalink*
    July 30, 2009 7:29 am

    Another happy customer!

    My place or yours for drinks!?

  4. July 30, 2009 11:53 am

    I ❤ mojitos!

  5. Michele permalink
    July 30, 2009 3:25 pm

    Mint tea is the best–hot or cold

  6. dougie fresh permalink
    August 7, 2009 11:44 am

    i am totally making this at my mom’s house. her weed whacker died and the mint now occupies about 15 sq feet outside the garden proper and is 4 feet high. lesson learned. only plant mint in a container and one with no holes in the bottom at that.

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