I could drag this out but I’m anxious to get to adding this to every cocktail that normally requires me to muddle mint. This is a great substitution that can save you time or help out when you are making large amounts of a cocktails, say a bunch of Mint Julep for National Mint Julep Day (May 30th).
Adding a fruit twist can make for a great addition to the minty flavor. Currently, my favorite is pineapple-mint, though orange-mint is a close second.
Mint Simple Syrup
1 ½ cups mint leaves
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
– bring water and sugar to a boil in a small sauce pan, stirring until the sugar dissolves
– add mint to the boiling water and let boil for 2 minutes
– remove from heat and let the mixture cool
– strain the cooled mixture and store in a clean, dry container
***store in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks***