There are many ways to sweeten drinks. Sugar is a staple, of course, and countless liqueurs and cordials are also at your disposal. But even basic sugar isn’t quite as basic as it seems. White granulated sugar is joined by other varieties, including turbinado and demerara, and then you have simple syrup, a combination of sugar and water than blends seamlessly into drinks.
Simple syrup is made by heating water and sugar and stirring the mixture until it combines into a silky, viscous liquid. Apply that same principle, but throw some fruit, herbs or spices into the equation, and you can quickly make an infused syrup to add even more flavor to your drinks. That’s the case with Mint Simple Syrup, which tweaks the original with fresh mint leaves.
Mint Simple Syrup is as easy to make and use as regular simple syrup, and the portions can be modified to produce any volume you desire. If you’re making syrup for a party, or you want to keep a batch in your fridge to use on a whim, multiply each component by the number of servings you want to make.
Once ready, the syrup can be deployed in any cocktail that would benefit from the refreshing hit of mint. That includes Mojitos, Mint Juleps and plenty more classic and modern concoctions. The only limit is your imagination—and the reliability of your mint supply.
1/2 cup turbinado sugar
3/4 cup fresh mint leaves
1/2 cup boiling water
Combine the sugar and mint leaves in a heatproof bowl.
Add the boiling water and stir until the sugar is dissolved.
Steep the mint leaves for 15 minutes.
Strain into a jar, cover and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.