Recipe: Simple Mint Syrup / Mint Cordial

drinkThis recipe is a very simple one, born out of the fact that my husband really, really loves mint.  I thought it would be nice to make a fresh, minty drink for these hot days.  Though, having made it, I can’t help thinking that it would be gorgeous added to a rich hot chocolate drink, too.  Or drizzled over berries and ice-cream, for that matter.  Or frozen and churned into sorbet.

Or just eaten with a spoon.  Why bother freezing it first?

Your Shopping List (makes about 2 1/2 cups)

35 g fresh mint leaves – this would be the leaves from one nice bunch of mint, or from two dodgy bunches of mint, which is what I had.
1 1/2 cups white sugar
2 cups water

Now what will you do with it?

Strip the mint leaves from their stems, and wash them.  Put them into a smallish saucepan.


Add the sugar and water, and heat slowly until the sugar dissolves.


Bring to a rolling boil, decrease the heat, then simmer gently for five minutes.  Switch off heat, and leave to infuse while the syrup cools.  The whole kitchen will smell of fresh mint, and it will be *wonderful*.


Strain your syrup into a jar, bowl or jug, but make sure it can actually fit 3 cups of syrup, unless you like a syrupy benchtop (I don’t, but I have one anyway).

Chill in fridge.  To serve, add a two Australian tablespoons of this to cold water for a cool, slightly sweet, mint-infused drink.  Delicious.  Or mix it with watermelon juice, because minted watermelon juice would be just amazing.

Or, as I said, you could eat it from the bowl with a spoon.  I won’t judge you.



Really, why mess with perfection?

Oh, alright.  You could make this syrup with lemon balm or pineapple sage or basil or any other soft herb that gets added towards the end of cooking.  You could also make it with strongly-flavoured, woody herbs like rosemary or lavender, but I’d use quite a bit less – maybe a couple of small sprigs – as the flavour could get quite overpowering.

All of these would make lovely cordials or sorbets, though for a sorbet, you should use at least equal amounts of water and sugar – some recipes call for 2 parts water to 1 part sugar.  The method is the same, you just chill the syrup until it’s very cold, and then freeze in an ice-cream maker.



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13 comments for “Recipe: Simple Mint Syrup / Mint Cordial

  1. March 12, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    There is a late-medieval Persian version of this, called sekanjabin. It calls for 4 cups of sugar, 2 1/2 cups of water, 1 cup of red wine vinegar and 115 gm of mint. The syrup is sweet and minty and slightly sour. It’s delicious.

    • Catherine
      March 12, 2013 at 2:16 pm

      Oh, that sounds lovely! The vinegar would really lift it, I think. I may try adulterating my syrup accordingly…

    • Fiona
      December 14, 2021 at 2:45 pm

      This is many years on, but I came across this recipe when looking for a mint cordial recipe as, for the first time, I have a massive mint surplus, due to the two years of rain in Australia.

      I made the plain recipe with Australian native mint, and the vinegar-based recipe with spearmint.

      Both are wonderful, but the vinegar one is EPIC. That bit of sharpness absolutely makes it.

      • Catherine
        December 14, 2021 at 4:46 pm

        Sounds amazing!

  2. February 14, 2014 at 12:12 am

    Thanks for this addictive recipe 🙂

    • Catherine
      February 14, 2014 at 9:53 am

      I’m glad you enjoyed it!

  3. March 10, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    I stumbled across this looking for a pineapple cordial recipe. Interestingly enough, I’d just made up a batch of mint. It works beautifully as a dash added to lemon cordial; likewise in equal parts with lavender. I’m planning to use it to make mint choc-chip ice cream at some point. Or in a chocolate mousse. So many applications 🙂

    • Catherine
      March 10, 2014 at 9:18 pm

      These all sounds like excellent applications indeed!

  4. Jenny
    October 21, 2014 at 7:41 am

    Thank you so much! I’ve got some pretty yucky morning sickness going on at the moment and I’m finding minty treats releive it quite a bit, thank god. This morning I’m having mint syrup on pikelets, I haven’t had anything other then crackers and water for weeks now! Yay!!

    • Catherine
      October 21, 2014 at 9:35 am

      That’s wonderful! I’m glad it’s working for you.

  5. November 20, 2014 at 11:22 am

    Sounds great, mint is the best 🙂

  6. Liz
    March 11, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    We’ve just harvested a ton of mint and are going to try this recipe now! Might also try it with lemon myrtle. Thanks for the recipe 🙂

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