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Mint Simple Syrup

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Last Updated on January 26, 2024 by Leah Hall

A fresh, herbal mint simple syrup that has so many uses!


One of the most common questions we get asked as cocktail bloggers is how to make various flavored simple syrupsSimple syrup can be an integral part of a cocktail, by adding sweetness and flavor to make the drink just right. Such an important part of cocktail making, and yet it is really simple!


Mint Simple Syrup

One that we always are asked about is mint simple syrup, which we use in a whole bunch of cocktails.


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Mint Simple Syrup in bottle with mint leaves, sugar in wooden bowl with wooden spoon. Flowers in background.

Swing Top Bottles / Wooden Bowls / Wooden Spoons

Mint simple syrup is one of our favorite flavored simple syrups to make as it is extremely versatile and one that brings a whole bunch of flavor! Cool and crisp tasting, mint simple syrup brings a delicious refreshing mint flavor to cocktails, drinks or frozen treats alike! Try our Lilac syrup, too!

What Ingredients are Needed for the Mint Simple Syrup?

  • Mint
  • Sugar
  • Water


We are lucky enough to have our own little herb garden where we grow a whole bunch of fresh herbs that we use in cooking and drink making. One of the easiest herbs to grow is mint, as it does really well in a pot, making it perfect for use in the kitchen as you can keep a small pot handy! In fact, most gardeners tell you to grow mint in a pot because it tends to grow like wildfire and takes over your whole garden!

Mint Simple Syrup in bottle with mint leaves, wooden bowl of sugar with wooden spoon. Flowers and jigger in background

Making mint simple syrup is really quite easy. First you use equal parts water and white sugar and bring that to a boil. Once the sugar and water have boiled, remove from heat and add in the mint leaves. Allow the mint leaves to steep in the hot syrup until cool, then strain out the leaves!


The result is a clear syrup with a cool, fresh minty sweetness that avoids being overly artificially minty like some chewing gums or some creme de menthe.

Mint Simple Syrup in bottle with wooden bowl filled with sugar. Mint leaves, flowers and jigger in background

Can Simple Syrups go bad?

They can get moldy if they sit too long. We encourage you to store it in the fridge in a bottle or jar, but for no more than one to two weeks. We actually have a whole shelf of simple syrups in our fridge at any given time!




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Mint Simple Syrup - green syrup in bottle. Wooden bowl of sugar, jigger and greenery in background
Yield: 1

Mint Simple Syrup

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

A mint simple syrup for cocktails, mocktails and drinks.


Mint Simple Syrup

  • 6 sprigs of fresh mint
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar


Place sugar and water in a small saucepan.

Bring to a boil, stirring to fully dissolve the sugar.

Remove from heat.

Add mint sprigs into the hot syrup and steep until cool.

Strain mint from syrup.

Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 94Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 0gSugar: 25gProtein: 0g

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Sunday 28th of April 2024

I have looked through the whole page many times and cannot see the amount of mint to use in proportion to the 1:1 of the sugar and water. Am I just missing it? Loralee


Sunday 28th of April 2024

@Leah Hall, Thank you very much! I appreciate your response! Loralee

Leah Hall

Sunday 28th of April 2024

Hi Loralee, there is a recipe card near the bottom of the post. If you hit the "jump to recipe" button it will take you right to it. But, the recipe calls for 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water and 6 sprigs of fresh mint. Hope that helps! Cheers, Leah

Isabelle @ Crumb

Tuesday 1st of August 2017

I have a big patch of fresh mint that's trying to take over my garden, so I'm constantly on the lookout for new things I can make with mint so that I can try to keep that patch under control. Loving the sound of that Pineapple Mojito that Rachel mentioned in her comment... sounds like my mint patch is getting a trim over the weekend! :)

The 'Noms.

Sunday 6th of August 2017

Yes! The Mojito is fantastic, as well as some of our other cocktails, so I think your weekend sounded like a blast! ;) Enjoy!

Denay DeGuzman

Tuesday 1st of August 2017

I love the beauty and ease of this Mint Simple Syrup recipe! Just looking at your gorgeous photos I can almost taste the cool, refreshing mint flavor. This would be perfect drizzled over ice cream.

The 'Noms.

Sunday 6th of August 2017

Thank you so much! Mint is one of my favorites, it's such a refreshing flavor!

Patricia @ Grab a Plate

Tuesday 1st of August 2017

It definitely makes things easy if you have mint growing somewhere close! Love mint flavor that goes well with so many things!

The 'Noms.

Sunday 6th of August 2017

Absolutely, and we have a herb garden just for our cocktails, haha!


Monday 31st of July 2017

First of all, your photos are beautiful! I pinned this recipe and will be giving it a try soon. I'm anxious to check out some of your other recipes!

The 'Noms.

Sunday 6th of August 2017

Thanks so much, we appreciate it! Hope you try it out!

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