Berry-Mint Sippers

Berry-Mint Sippers

There is a farmer’s market in Pioneer Park located in downtown Salt Lake City. I love going to the market because it is far more than a hangout for the local fresh fruit and vegetable vendors. There are lots of arts and crafts booths, an array of musicians scattered here a there around the park and some great foodie oriented vendors peddling everything from crusty breads to boiled peanuts.

In a post from a few years ago I raved about Fresh Limeade with Mint, which I first had at the farmer’s market. The limeade was so addicting that when I got home I had to figure out a similar recipe for myself. Despite the fact that limeade from my homemade recipe tastes great, I still have to drop by the Sweet Salt Lake booth for a glass of the original every time I go to the market.

As if the limeade with mint wasn’t enough, last year I found a vendor, Sugar House Libations, who sells simple syrups infused with fruit and herbs in various combinations.  They have flavors such as Strawberry-Thyme, Pear-Ginger, Raspberry-Mint and Apricot-Lemongrass. All of them are inspiring, but the one with which I fell in love was the Raspberry-Mint.

Berry-Mint Sippers

I usually go through a lemon phase every summer, but mint seems to be edging out lemon this summer. Don’t tell lemon that I am having an affair with mint. I don’t want them beating each other up in the fridge when my back is turned.

Using the creations by Sugar House Libations as a template, I decided to make my own infused syrup. I found some excellent blueberries, strawberries and blackberries recently and decided that they would make some amazing syrup. Because I have had a lifelong problem choosing between two or more equally appealing prospects, I decided to use a mixture of berries instead of just one type. The paring of mint with the berries moves the flavor profile towards ultimate refreshment.

Berry-Mint Sippers

The infused simple syrup is very easy to make, requiring hardly any effort at all. Mix white sugar and water in a 1:1 ratio, bring it to a boil, then add crushed berries and a sprig of mint for each cup of berries. Return the ingredients to a boil, then turn off the heat, cover pot with a lid and allow everything to steep for a few hours. Remove the spent berries and discard. Strain the syrup through a wire mesh strainer, put in a glass jar and store it it in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. I have not yet experimented with freezing the syrup, but I would imagine it would work well and could be stored for several months that way.

I like to mix 3-4 tablespoons of syrup with a cup of club soda and serve it over a tall glass of ice. Less syrup can be used with the same amount of club soda, as well, giving a soft hint of flavor. I like it both ways, using less syrup for a light refreshing anytime drink, and more syrup for fuller flavor when served at a gathering. Brew up a batch of this berry-mint infused simple syrup and keep it on hand in the refrigerator for making a Berry-Mint Sipper anytime.

Berry-Mint Sippers

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 3 minutes

Total Time: 4 hours

Yield: 12 servings

Use this berry-mint simple syrup infusion as a mixer with club soda for the ultimate refreshing summer drink.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 2 cups berries of choice (I chose a mixture of blueberries, blackberries and strawberries)
  • 2 sprigs fresh mint
  • club soda (1 cup for each serving)
  • ice

Instructions

  1. In a 2 quart saucepot stir together sugar and water. Bring to a low boil over medium heat until sugar has dissolved.
  2. Mash berries somewhat, just enough to break them open. Add the mashed berries and fresh mint sprigs to the sugar/water mixture. Stir briefly and return to mixture to a low boil. Cook for 1 minute. Turn off heat and cover pot. Allow mixture to steep for several hours at room temperature.
  3. Remove berries and mint sprigs. Strain syrup through a mesh sieve into a glass bottle or other suitable container. Cover and refrigerate for up to two weeks.
  4. To use syrup:
  5. For each serving, mix 3-4 tablespoons syrup to 1 cup of club soda.

Notes

A single type of berry or any mixture of berries can be used in this recipe. The proportions for the recipe are 1:1:1:1--1 cup sugar:1 cup water:1 cup berries:1 sprig of mint.

The syrup may be frozen for at least 3 months.

Recipe by Terri @ that's some good cookin'

http://tsgcookin.com/2014/07/berry-mint-sippers/

Berry-Mint Sippers

 

Here are some other mint combinations that you may like:

Minted Blueberry Salsa
Minted Blueberry Salsa
Fresh Limeade with Mint
Fresh Limeade with Mint
Watermelon Fruit Salad with Honey-Mint Vinaigrette
Watermelon Fruit Salad with Honey-Mint Vinaigrette

Comments

    • says

      Ha, ha Patricia. Leave it to a food blogger to notice the straws! I got them from a grocery store near my house which has a little kitchen shop in the store. I loved them, too, and have been waiting for a chance to use them. They came in a pack of 12 with four different colors–sky blue, green, orange, and the deep pink that you see pictured in this post. You can purchase them online through a company called ZAK. Be warned, though they have all kinds of fun stuff. ~Terri

  1. says

    Looks like a refreshing drink to sip away the last weeks before summer vacation is over for us. :) Hope you are having a great summer!

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