Sunday, June 26, 2011

Fresh Mint Syrup in a Mint Gin Rickey

I recently discovered that my weed-like mint plant was stealthily taking over my herb container garden.  It was getting so powerful that I had to dig it up and put it in quarantine (aka, its own pot).  After all its displays of vigorous good health, I figured it had plenty of leaves to donate to an experiment on creating fresh mint syrup.

The experiment was a success!  1 cup fresh mint leaves, 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water.  Simmered and strained, it creates a glowing yellow syrup.

mint syrup

Fresh Mint Syrup

  • 1 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
Combine all ingredients in a pot, gently simmer for 15-20 minutes. Let cool, then strain the liquid to get rid of the mint leaves.  You’re left with mint syrup that will last for up to 4 weeks in the fridge.
We tried our newly minted syrup (har har) with lime juice and gin, for a fresh spin on the classic Gin Rickey.

Mint Gin Rickey

  • 1 1/2 oz gin
  • 1 1/2 oz lime juice
  • 1 ounce mint syrup
  • 3 oz carbonated water
  • ice
Combine the first three ingredients over ice, then top off with carbonated water.
mint drink


  1. Great idea! I don't like the taste of gin but I'm sure the mint syrup would taste wonderful in a variety of drinks.

  2. I'm wondering if I can make this with 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup of reduce the calories just a bit. Sounds very refreshing!

  3. Oh that sounds divine! I love that you used your own mint. I want to start my own potted herb garden... but I'm terrified of killing the plants!

  4. Amanda, mint is the easiest - start there! I think it is almost impossible to kill. Let us know if you have a truly black thumb :)


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