Last weekend, our friends Brooke and Braydon came into town, which is as good a reason as any to make cocktails. Phil and Braydon are whiskey guys (aren’t they all?), so they mixed up some whiskey smashes, which call for simple syrup, lemon and mint. Simple syrup is something you should never, ever buy, because it is so, well, simple to make. (If you can mix sugar and water, you can make simple syrup.) We whipped up a quick batch and infused it with mint for a seamlessly flavored cocktail. I’ve been (sparingly) pouring the leftover syrup on fresh pineapple and strawberries for a sweet, healthy treat.
1/2 cup of sugar
1/2 cup of water
1 handful of mint leaves
Mason jar or other container
Stir sugar and water together in a small pot and simmer over medium heat until the sugar is completely dissolved. Remove pot from heat and add a handful of mint leaves, stirring to combine. Allow mint to infuse the simple syrup for about 20 minutes, tasting every once in a while. Once it reaches your desired flavor, remove the mint leaves, and pour the syrup into a mason jar or other container. Add a cute tag or leave as-is for a more manly approach.