Fresh Mint Syrup

Anyone who grows herbs has an excess of mint in their garden. I haven't tried fresh mint syrup yet but it sounds interesting! Fresh mint syrup can be used in many beverages. You can add it to mojitos, mint juleps, mint flavored iced tea or lemonade. It also works well in hot chocolate or fudge sauce.

Ingredients – makes one pint
2 cups filtered water
1 cup fresh mint leaves, washed
2 cups sugar
1/8 teaspoon ascorbic acid

1. Bring the water to a boil

2. Place the mint leaves in a small bowl and pour the boiling water over them. Cover and steep for 10 minutes.

3. Strain the liquid into a saucepan to remove the mint leaves.

4. Add the sugar and bring to a boil, skim off any foam.

5. Remove from heat.

6. Add the ascorbic acid and stir.

7. Pour the contents into sterilized containers, seal and label. This syrup will last for up to one year if ascorbic acid is added or 6 months without it.

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