Mint Syrup
Author: Chief Mixologist
Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 30 mins
Total time: 45 mins
Without food colouring, this syrup is crystal clear.
  • 8 Cups mint leaves, fresh; chopped
  • boiling water
  • 8 Cups sugar
  • water
  • green food colouring (optional to make the syrup green)
  • 3 Tablespoons mint essential oil or mint extract
  1. Place chopped mint leaves in a crock or deep bowl; add boiling water.
  2. Place a flat dish over the leaves and weight them down.
  3. Allow to stand overnight.
  4. Bring sugar and 3 cups water to a boil and cook 10 to 15 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, squeeze the juice from the mint leaves; add mint juice to the syrup, bring to a boil, cook 5 minutes and remove from heat.
  6. Strain and discard leaves.
  7. Add green food color to make the syrup a bright green.
  8. Add the mint oil and stir.
  9. Pour into sterile bottles.
  10. Refrigerate.
  11. Syrup is ready to use.
  12. Dilute with cold water or sparkling water.
  13. SOURCE: Sabbath chapter in From My Grandmother's Kitchen: a Sephardic Cookbook by Viviane Bichech Miner
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