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Fresh Mint Simple Syrup

This fresh mint simple syrup is the perfect summertime addition to iced tea or lemonade.  It only requires three ingredients and is a delicious addition to many different drinks.

small pitcher of mint simple syrup

This past weekend we drove out to East Texas to get out of the city and visit with some family.  Right away when we pulled up, I noticed a big pitcher of sun tea sitting on the back porch and knew it was going to be a great weekend. My mother-in-law makes the best peach iced tea, and even though she’s given me the recipe a few times, my attempts never seem to taste quite as delicious as hers.

Still, I keep a pitcher of iced tea in my refrigerator at all times so it’s always ready to go at mealtime. I love to make my own simple syrups to go along with my fresh-brewed iced tea so that my friends and family can add their own desired sweetness and flavors.

Simple syrup is incredibly easy to make (only two ingredients!) and can be customized to pair with so many different meals or menus. When we’re grilling out (like these peaches and pork kebabs) I like to make fruity simple syrups, but lately I’ve been crushing on this fresh mint simple syrup. It’s a perfectly light and refreshing addition to my iced tea.

mason jar full of sweet tea

What’s in Mint Simple Syrup?

As I mentioned above, this mint syrup recipe requires just three basic ingredients: 

  • Water
  • Granulated sugar
  • Fresh mint leaves

How to Make Mint Simple Syrup

  1. Add the water, sugar, and chopped mint to a pot over medium heat.
  2. Stir constantly until the sugar is dissolved.
  3. Strain the liquid to remove the mint, then discard the leaves.

steps to make simple syrup

How Long Will Mint Syrup Last? 

This mint-infused simple syrup will keep refrigerated, in an airtight container, for about 2 weeks — if it lasts that long.  

Ways to Use Mint Simple Syrup 

This mint syrup recipe can be enjoyed so many ways! Here are some of our favorite ways to drink it: 

  • In cocktails (like a mint julep) 
  • In lemonade 
  • In iced tea
  • In fruit juices 
  • In sparkling water
  • Drizzled over ice cream or fresh fruit 

small mason jar with lid of mint simple syrup

Tips for Making Mint Simple Syrup

Fresh mint leaves are a must in this recipe. Don’t use dried mint as it’s too strong in flavor. 

An easy way to switch up this mint-infused simple syrup is to use different varieties of fresh mint. You can find all sorts of mint at farmers markets these days; chocolate mint, peppermint, strawberry mint, and more! 

This mint-infused simple syrup also makes for a quick and easy gift when packaged up in a cute mason jar. Tie on a ribbon with a sprig or two of mint and a couple of Lipton tea bags for a cute, homemade gift.

More Easy Drink Recipes: 

small pitcher of mint simple syrup

Fresh Mint Simple Syrup

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 78kcal
Author: Emily Grace


  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves , packed


  • Roughly chop the mint leaves.
  • Add the water, sugar, and mint to a medium pot over medium heat.
  • Stir constantly until the sugar is dissolved.
  • Strain the liquid to remove and discard the leaves.
  • Store in an airtight container.


Calories: 78kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 12mg | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 95IU | Vitamin C: 0.7mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 0.1mg
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Lipton. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Monday 8th of August 2016

I love homemade simple syrup, but I have never it try it with mint. I love this idea and I am going to try it. I would love it if you share this great post at my link party today. I hope to see you there. Have a great week.


Thursday 28th of July 2016

I love iced tea! I bet with the added mint it is even better :) I can not wait to make this. Thanks for the recipe of this syrup.

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