Mint Simple Syrup

This mint simple syrup is made with honey and is perfect for cocktails, mocktails, in tea, coffee or for baking projects! It’s simple to make it will last for a week or two in the refrigerator.

Fresh mint simple syrup in a jarPaleo Mint Simple Syrup Recipe

This 3-ingredient flavored simple syrup uses no refined sugars or artificial ingredients. It has an amazing and earthy mint flavor. Simple syrup is basically just water and sugar cooked together to create a liquid sweetener that easily dissolves in other liquid. It’s perfect for making drinks and for baking projects and is so easy to make. We’re skipping out on the white sugar and instead using honey to sweeten this Mint Simple Syrup.

Mint Simple Syrup Ingredients:

  • Fresh Mint
  • Water
  • Honey

Types of Mint

There are so many different types of mint out there! They all have their own taste and aroma. More than likely if you’ve just got your standard run-of-the-mill mint either growing in your backyard or from the grocery store, it is probably peppermint or spearmint. Both of those will work well for this recipe and give it a typical mint taste. Another varietal that will work well for this simple syrup is Chocolate Mint. This isn’t easy to find in stores, but if you are lucky enough to be growing it in your garden definitely use it here!

Mint simple syrup recipe being made

Uses for Fresh Mint Simple Syrup

You’ll get the most use out of a mint simple syrup in beverages! You can use it in cocktails, such as a Mojito, or in mocktail recipes (cocktails without alcohol). It would be great with agua frescas (fruit blended with water) such as watermelon, or used in a lemonade recipe! It would be perfect in any tea, but especially a Fresh Mint tea and it could be a fun addition to coffee! If you are an avid baking you could use simple syrup to infuse flavors in cake layers or to use in a brownie recipe to make it minty!

Why do you ” bruise” the mint?

In this recipe we call for you to rough up the mint, or bruise it. The reason we instruct you to do this is because bruising the mint helps the oils come out of the herb and gives the simple syrup more flavor.

Pouring simple syrup made with honey over fresh mint leaves

How to Make Fresh Mint Simple Syrup

  1. First you make the simple syrup! Again, we’re using honey instead of white sugar to avoid using refined sugar. Simple syrup is 1 part water to 1 part sweetener. 
  2. Clean the mint leaves!
  3. Next you bruise or rough up the mint to help release the oil. Then place the cleaned mint leaves in a heat proof bowl. Carefully pour the simple syrup over the mint. Let it infuse for 10 minutes.
  4. Carefully strain the mint leaves, pressing down gently to get all of the oils out of the leaves.
  5. Place your simple syrup in a heat proof jar with a tight fitting lid and let cool completely. Cover and store in the refrigerator for 1-2 weeks.
  6. Use as desired!

Fresh mint leaves strained to make mint simple syrupWashing Your Mint Leaves

Mint can often be very gritty and dirty. Washing the mint leaves really well is important because if left with grit on them, the mint will turn the simple syrup muddy. To properly wash mint you should:

  1. Pick all the mint leaves off the stem
  2. Fill a big bowl with cool water
  3. Submerge the mint leaves and swoosh them around.
  4. Let them sit for a minute so that the dirt drops to the bottom.
  5. Pick up the mint leaves as gently as possible, so as to not disturb the dirt, and place in a colander.
  6. Empty out the water, rinse the bowl and repeat the process until no dirt is left behind in the bowl.
  7. If desired you can run the mint leaves in a salad spinner to dry them off.

paleo mint simple syrup in a jar with fresh mint leaves surrounding it

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Fresh Mint Simple Syrup

Prep Time 00:05 Cook Time 00:05 Inactive Time 00:10 Total Time 00:20 Yields 1 cup

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 small bunch (about 1 ounce) mint leaves, cleaned well

Directions

  1. Make the simple syrup: To a small pot add honey and water. Turn on the heat to medium and bring the mixture to a boil. Turn off heat.
  2. Place the cleaned mint leaves in a heat proof bowl and tear them into smaller pieces with your hands, bruising them as you go to get the oils out of the leaves. Carefully pour the simple syrup over the mint. Let sit to infuse for 10 minutes.
  3. Carefully strain the mint leaves, pressing down gently to get all of the oils out of the leaves.
  4. Place your simple syrup in a heat proof jar with a tight fitting lid and let cool completely. Cover and store in the refrigerator for 1-2 weeks.
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Rose Sangria

This Rose Sangria recipe is an easy way to serve a fun summer-y cocktail at a party without having to individually make drinks for each guest. Make this sangria using rosé wine flavored with summer fruit ahead of time and check one thing off your to-do list. It’s refreshing, festive and so delicious.

Pitcher of Rose SangriaRose Sangria Recipe

Are you ready for your favorite new summer cocktail? Rose Sangria is here, and it’s going nowhere all summer long! Of course, we love our FROSÈ recipe, but sometimes you need a big pitcher of a drink you make ahead so you can enjoy your evening with friends.

When entertaining, the last thing you want to do is be stuck by the bar making cocktails all night long. I’ve done it, I do it sometimes, but let’s be real, it’s not ideal. A pitcher of your favorite drink is perfect, so you can actually enjoy your evening, too! We love this pitcher of rosè sangria because it’s fruity, refreshing, and the perfect sangria recipe that everyone will love.

Pouring rose sangria easy

To make Rosè Wine Sangria you need:

  • A Pitcher
  • Serving Glasses
  • A Mixer (to keep that sangria mixed well, mine comes in my bar set)
  • Your favorite Rosè
  • Fresh fruit
  • Orange Liquor
  • Honey or simple syrup of choice
  • Seltzer
  • Ice, for serving
  • And a few other optional, special touches to customize (see below)!

Strawberries and raspberries in sangria

What I love about this rose sangria recipe is that it’s customizable! You can switch up the fruit you add, the liquor, and you can swap the optional liqueurs, too! It’s a fun, colorful drink that can work with basically any dinner menu.

How far in advance should sangria be made?

Sangria should be made at least 2 hours before serving, so all the fruit can mix well with the rest of the ingredient and so that it can have time to chill! Sangria gets better and better as it sits, so even 6-12 hours ahead will be great.

Serving glasses with summer cocktail

Tips for Making the Best Rose Sangria Recipe: 

  • Keeping your sangria cold: Add frozen fruit to keep your sangria cold once removing it from the refrigerator, without watering it down with tons of ice!
  • When to add the ice: Just before serving, stir sangria again and pour into glasses over ice cubes.
  • Fresh Fruit on hand: Have additional fresh fruit on hand to add to your sangria, so your not just serving soggy alcohol-soaked fruit. Spoon fruit into each glass before serving.
  • Picking your wine: Wine, of course, is the center of this cocktail, so choose a wine that is fruity but dry. You don’t need to pick anything too fancy! I like Whispering Angel or La Vielle Ferme.

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Rose Sangria

Prep Time 00:08 Cook Time 00:00 Inactive Time 00:00 Total Time 00:08 Serves 6

Ingredients

Base Sangria:

  • 1 (750-ml) bottle rosé wine of choice
  • 1/4 cup (2 ounces) Cointreau or Triple Sec
  • 1 cup seltzer water
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 oranges, 1 sliced and 1 juiced
  • 2 tablespoons honey or simple syrup, more as desired
  • 1 cup strawberries, sliced 1 cup 
  • 1/2 cup fresh raspberries
  • Ice, for serving

Optional Add-Ins:

  • 1/4 cup vodka of choice
  • 1 cup balled watermelon pieces
  • 1/2 cup diced peaches
  • Fresh mint leaves

Directions

1. Place all the ingredients in a pitcher at least 2 hours before serving, and up to 6 hours.
2. Stir to combine. Taste and add additional sweetener as desired.
3. Place ice into glasses. Pour in the sangria and serve!

Recipe Notes

  1. If you want to prepare this the day ahead of time, you can mix all of the ingredients together except the fresh fruit and ice. Add the fruit 2 hours before serving.
  2. Want to keep it cold in a pitcher without diluting the flavor? Use frozen fruit in place of ice cubes.
  3. Make your watermelon balls using a melon baller!
  4. You can substitute gin or tequila in place of vodka
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Ginger Infused Honey Lemonade Cocktails

These little honey vodka drink packs a whole lot of refreshing flavors; of ginger, honey, and lemon. Plus, an additional kick of vodka, because hey, sometimes we want to spice things up a bit. Leave out the vodka for a delicious lemonade beverage.

Honey and Lemon drink recipeHoney Vodka Cocktail with Ginger

This simple and refreshing Lemon, Ginger and Honey Vodka Cocktail is simple and delicious. The ginger infused honey really amps up the flavor on this vodka cocktail. You could also use the ginger infused honey for lemonade!

How to Make Ginger Infused Honey:

There are two ways:

  1. You can cook the ginger and honey together over a double boiler for about an hour. Be sure to check the water levels periodically so that the water doesn’t evaporate.
  2. Or you can simple placed the crystallized ginger in the honey for a few days, or indefinitely.

Cocktail with vodka and lemons

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Ginger Infused Honey Lemon Cocktails
Serves 4
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Prep Time
1 hr
Prep Time
1 hr
Ginger-infused honey
  1. 1 cup raw honey
  2. 1/3 cup crystallized or candied ginger
Everything else
  1. 1 large lemon, juiced
  2. Tito's Vodka (or other gluten-free vodka), adjust amount based on desired strength
  3. Ice cubes
1. Make ginger-infused honey
  1. -Use a double broiler (or a small pot inside a larger pot)
  2. -Add 1/3 cup water to the bottom of the double broiler
  3. -In the smaller pot at the top, add honey and ginger
  4. -Bring water (not honey) to a boil- bring honey temperature to 160 for 60 minutes (you don't have to sit and watch the whole time)
  5. *Watch water and add as needed
  6. -Once done, transfer to a clean air-tight jar and place in the fridge or leave out and let cool
  7. **Alternatively, you can place ginger in the honey and seal tight for 3-5 days if you plan in advance.
2. Assemble cocktail
  1. -Using a shaker glass, place 4-6 shots Tito's vodka, 1/2 cup cold water, 4 ice cubes, lemon juice, and 3 tbsp infused honey (more to taste)
  2. 3. Garnish with additional candied ginger and lemon
Notes
  1. This will make way more honey than one batch of cocktails, so you can make more, or add it to your tea!
  2. Leave out the vodka for a delicious lemonade beverage!
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