Simple Homemade Peppermint Syrup Recipe
Do you love peppermint-flavored drinks but don’t like paying high prices at coffee shops and bars? If so, this homemade peppermint syrup recipe is for you. You only need a few ingredients to make this delicious syrup, and then you can use it to add an extra kick to any beverage.
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WHY YOU’LL LOVE THIS RECIPE
- This homemade peppermint syrup recipe is quick and easy to make, plus it’s much more economical than buying expensive syrups from coffee shops and bars.
- And because you control the ingredients, you can be sure that your syrup is free of any additives or preservatives.
- Plus, this recipe makes enough syrup to last you a while so you can enjoy your peppermint-flavored beverages for a while.
- It’s a great homemade gift for the coffee lover in your life.
- You can put the syrup in a jar with a pump just like Starbucks!
If you love peppermint recipes you may also enjoy this Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe or this White Chocolate Peppermint Fudge recipe.
Making this peppermint syrup recipe is so simple. And, you only need a few kitchen tools to make sweet syrup. Gather these tools and get ready to enjoy this flavor booster!
- medium saucepan
- measuring cup and spoon
- airtight container
This homemade simple syrup recipe only requires three simple ingredients. You most likely already have all of these ingredients on hand, which can save a trip to the grocery store. Gather these ingredients and get ready to enjoy your favorite drinks at home.
- water, filtered
- granulated sugar
- peppermint extract or peppermint oil
- fresh mint leaves (optional)
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PEPPERMINT EXTRACT AND PEPPERMINT OIL?
Peppermint extracts are made with other ingredients like water or alcohol. Peppermint oil is the natural oils squeezed from just the mint leaves and is much more concentrated than the extract.
For 1 teaspoon of peppermint extract you will need 1/4 teaspoon of peppermint oil.
HOW MUCH SYRUP IS IN A PUMP AT STARBUCKS?
When recreating your own beverages at home, you will want to know generally what your local Starbucks uses. When you request a pump of syrup from your barista, this generally equals 1/4-1/2 ounce, which is 1/2 tablespoon to 1 tablespoon of syrup per pump.
Starbucks uses 3-5 pumps depending on the size of the drink.
HOW TO MAKE THIS PEPPERMINT SYRUP RECIPE
This peppermint simple syrup is easy to make. Just follow the simple steps below, and you’ll have a new favorite way to make peppermint drinks at home this holiday season in no time at all.
STEP 1: ADD THE WATER AND SUGAR TO A POT
Place water and sugar in a medium size saucepan.
STEP 2: DISSOLVE THE SUGAR
Heat on medium heat and stir until the sugar dissolves and the ingredients are clear.
STEP 3: COOL THE SYRUP
Remove from heat and add peppermint flavoring. Cool completely before placing it in a small jar.
WAYS TO USE SIMPLE SYRUP
Once you’ve made your peppermint syrup, you can use it in many different ways. Here are just a few:
- Add to hot or iced coffee for a sweet treat. A tablespoon of peppermint syrup is delicious in this Copycat Starbucks Skinny Mocha.
- Use in cocktails like this Peppermint Martini and mocktails to give them an extra kick.
- Drizzle over ice cream for a refreshing taste.
- Stir a little of your own peppermint syrup into a cup of hot chocolate and garnish with candy canes for an extra special drink.
- Mix with sparkling water for a flavorful beverage.
- Stir into oatmeal or yogurt for a yummy topping.
Here are a few tips that you can use to make sure that your recipe turns out perfect every time that you make it.
- If you are watching your sugar intake you can make a sugar-free peppermint syrup, you can use your favorite sugar-free granulated sweetener. I like to use Allulose but will add an additional 1 1/3 cups for the same sweetness as 1 cup of sugar. Swap out your favorite sweetener by using the amount that equals one cup of sugar.
- Add more natural mint flavor by steeping fresh mint leaves. After step one steep 1/2 cup of clean peppermint leaves and steep for 20 minutes. You can leave the leaves in the jar, but I recommend removing the leaves after 24 hours or when they lose their vibrant green color.
- Or you can add additional peppermint extract if you want a stronger mint flavor.
- I recommend that you use filtered water instead of tap water in this recipe so that your syrup turns out clear.
- Make sure that your syrup cools to room temperature before you add it to the fridge.
HOW TO STORE
Place the homemade peppermint syrup in an airtight container and store it in the refrigerator for up to one month. The syrup may darken slightly over time, but it will remain safe to consume.
If you use fresh mint leaves you can leave them in the stored jar, but they will break down and turn from a vibrant green to a tan or light brown color.
Do you have questions about this minty syrup recipe? Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions for this recipe.
No, peppermint extract is different from peppermint syrup. The extract is a concentrated liquid that can be added to recipes for flavor. Whereas, the syrup is usually made with sugar and water and used as a sweetener or flavoring agent for beverages and desserts.
Yes, you can definitely experiment with other flavorings. Just replace the peppermint extract with your favorite flavoring and enjoy!
Yes, absolutely! This peppermint syrup is perfect for adding a sweet and minty flavor to hot beverages like hot cocoa, coffee, or hot tea. It’s also delicious when added to cold drinks like soda or iced tea.
OTHER DELICIOUS HOMEMADE SYRUPS YOU MAY ENJOY
LOVE THE FLAVOR OF PEPPERMINT? HERE ARE SOME ADDITIONAL RECIPES WITH PEPPERMINT
- Easy Peppermint Holiday Cookies
- White Chocolate Peppermint Fudge Recipe
- Peppermint Keto Christmas Cookies – for a low carb, gluten-free and sugar free treat!
Peppermint Syrup Recipe
- 1 cup granulated sugar or a sugar free alternative like monk fruit
- 1 cup water filtered
- 1 teaspoon peppermint extract or 1/4 teaspoon peppermint oil
- Mint leaves optional see notes
- Place water and sweetener in a medium size saucepan. Heat over medium heat and stir until the sweetener dissolves and the liquid is clear.
- Remove from heat and add fresh mint leaves if desired. Steep for a minimum of 20 minutes. Taste.
- Add peppermint extract or peppermint oil. Stir until well dispersed in the syrup. Cool.
- Pour into a c2lean jar.
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