This fresh mint simple syrup is the perfect summertime addition to iced tea or lemonade. It only requires two ingredients and is a delicious addition to many different drinks.
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 sweet iced tea, and even though she’s given me the recipe a few times, my attempts never seems to taste quite as delicious as hers.
Of course, it could also be the atmosphere and company that makes it all so sweet. Things always seem easier out there; and I love getting a chance to detach from the daily grind of the busy world around us to just simply enjoy a meal with our family. The kids swim in the pool while James and his dad grill, and I leisurely soak it all in with a big glass of Gran’s iced tea in my hand.
I keep a pitcher of iced tea in my refrigerator at all times so it’s always ready to go at meal time. 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.
Simple syrup will keep refrigerated, in an airtight container, for about two weeks… if it lasts that long. It 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.
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup 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.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Lipton. The opinions and text are all mine.