MINT SIMPLE SYRUP
This is an amazing syrup that can add a refreshing mint taste to many of your drinks. I like to add it to hot or cold tea, lemonade or sparkling water. It is also good to add to hot chocolate to create the chocolate/ mint hot cocoa!
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup honey
1 cup water
8-10 fresh mint springs (approx. ½ oz)
Combine sugar, honey and water in a saucepan and heat over medium heat until sugar is dissolved and mixture is simmering. Cover pan and continue to simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and cool completely.
To blanch the mint: Add ice cubes to a medium bowl, fill with cool tap water, and set aside. Using kitchen twine to tie mint sprigs into a bundle. Fill a small saucepan with water, bring it to a boil, immerse mint bundle in boiling water for 15 seconds. Immediately immerse in bowl of ice water, leaving it there for 1 minute. Separate mint springs and pat dry on a towel. Remove mint leaves from stems; discard stems.
Add cooled sugar syrup and mint leaves to blender. Puree for 1 minute. Set a fine wire mesh strainer over a bowl or I use a “Nut Milk Bag” and pour blended mixture through it to remove any remaining bits of mint (if using the nut milk bag you can actually sqeeze the juice out).
Store in jar or syrup dispenser in fridge for 2-4 weeks.