Summer Mint Syrup


I’d never thought very much about Mint syrup until I saw a picture of a Menthe a l’Eau on Facebook recently (Thanks Ash!). Apparently it’s popular in Europe, and very refreshing in warm weather.. It looked amazing – all green and icy – and I wanted one..

By coincidence, there happened to be a large bunch of Mint sitting in a jug on my kitchen window sill. It was looking a bit sad now, to be honest, so what better plan than to have a go at Mint syrup? It was certainly better than doing the ironing, which was my alternative that evening..

Menthe a l’Eau – sounds so much more exotic than ‘Mint in Water’,  n’est pas?

Here’s this easy recipe – there’s no preservative in it, so unless you’re going to freeze it, don’t make too much..However it freezes really well, so if you have a flowerbed full of Mint – get to it!


  • A fairly large saucepan
  • weighing scales
  • A pestle, or wooden spoon
  • A measuring jug
  • a muslin cloth, or old clean cotton tea towel
  • A funnel, if you have one
  • a sterilised bottle – to hold about 400mls

INGREDIENTS: This is what I used, as it depended on the weight of my mint leaves..

  • 25g bright green Mint leaves – stripped from the stems – discard any damaged or brown ones.
  • 80g Sugar – I used white granulated
  • 400ml Boiling water


  • Sterilise your bottle.
  • Place the mint leaves into the saucepan with the sugar and crush the leaves, to release as much flavour as possible.


  • Add the boiling water, cover and bring to the boil, stirring occasionally
  • Once the sugar has dissolved, replace the cover, and boil hard for about 5 minutes
  • Remove the pan from the heat and allow to cool completely.
  • Strain several times through a few pieces of kitchen paper in a sieve, and then through Muslin.
  • Pour into the bottle and refrigerate.


  • Use within a couple of weeks, or freeze it in small quantities.



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