Minted simple syrup

This morning I woke up to a low, distant rumbling  and the beginnings of raindrops on the roof. An early morning thunderstorm – an absolutely perfect way to start the day. I know a lot of people take rain as a sign that things may not go well that day or week – but I like to think of rain as natures way, and Mother Nature’s way, of cleaning things, making the day fresh and new – to start over with. A cleansing.

And then I realized we forgot to take the trash and recycling bins up to the curb for pick up – grrr. Well I dashed them up but the truck had already passed by our house. Not sure which he took so ONE bin will be empty this week. I hope the recycling truck hasn’t passed. We fill that bin up very very quickly.

Oh Well.

Are you a cook book reader? I am  – I love to check out cook books from the library and find new recipes. I book mark them with sticky tabs and then promptly forget about them. Often times they get returned to the library with out a recipe even being cooked. Some times simple recipes are easy to remember and some recipes I think – “oh why didn’t I think of that”!

I did see this recipe as I paged through a cookbook at the library one afternoon and I’m sorry I don’t remember which one it was!

This one is simple sugar – but with mint leaves added in. Something I thought would be nice to have on hand to put into iced tea or mixed drinks – or over berries!  We did strawberries  – but I’m sure raspberries or blackberries would be just as delightful.


Simple sugar – – so so easy! It’s equal parts sugar and water (and mint leaves)


Take mint leaves – theses are from one “stalk” of mint and add them to a pot with water and sugar –  I did 2 cups of water and 2 cups of sugar –  You can do any amount as long as the ratios are equal.





Stir and simmer until all the sugar is dissolved –

Strain the mint leaves out –


Jar and there you have it! I’ll keep this batch in the fridge –


Like I said – it’s also good on Strawberries –


These have been sitting for about 24 hours – I haven’t tasted them yet but Jaia said they were awesome! I’m planning on having mine on ice cream later 🙂

Bright Blessings!

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