Spring and summer are the perfect seasons to serve your guests a good glass of fresh mint. There recipe for making mint syrup at home is simple. Mint grows spontaneously in many areas, you can pick it up or start a small home cultivation, there mint it grows very fast and there is enough space on the terrace to obtain abundant harvests.
Before you see how to make homemade mint syrup I will give you some tips for growing this highly fragrant plant on the balcony, terrace or garden. To grow mint, choose a partial shade position (in any case, mint resists even in a sunny position but will need to be irrigated more frequently). For the cultivation of potted mint, choose a couple of containers with a diameter of 45 cm to be filled with fertile, moist soil with a slightly acidic pH (you can acidify it by adding a few cups of leftover coffee). The best time to start growing mint is late spring.
Properties of mint
Mint is rich in active ingredients through which it exerts various beneficial properties. Among the properties of mint we point out the tonic, analgesic, digestive, stimulating and antispasmodic effects.
The recipe for homemade mint syrup
The recipe for homemade mint syrup, as mentioned above, is simple to implement and also economical. If you do not feel like growing mint at home or harvesting it following an exhausting hunt, you can always buy it: large bundles of fresh mint are sold for a few euros.
The ingredients for making mint syrup at home
- 400 grams of fresh mint leaves
- 1 liter of water
- 500 grams of sugar
- lemon zest (better if organic!)
Diy mint syrup, the stages of preparation
- Carefully wash the mint leaves
- Lovers of tradition can crush the fresh mint leaves in a mortar until they are reduced to a pulp, in this way, the only energy burned will be provided by your calories ...! Alternatively, put the leaves in a blender and blend.
- Place the fresh water in a fairly large pot and add the mint mush. Jumbled up.
- Let the mixture rest for 24 hours, cover the pan with a film.
- After the wait, carefully filter the liquid. Squeeze the mush well so as not to waste even a drop of your syrup.
- Place the mint concoction on a stove. Add the sugar.
- Stir so that the sugar has not completely dissolved.
- Let the mint syrup cool and then pour it into a bottle.
Do not be fooled by the images found on the web ... the color of the mint syrup is not green! The spearmint syrup you find in supermarkets has simply been filtered and added with food coloring. The color of thehomemade mint syrupit is by far darker.
Sugar-free mint syrup
Sugar can be replaced with one of many natural sweeteners.
Growing mint indoors
Growing mint in pots (or in the garden) will allow you to have fresh mint leaves always at hand.
Theremintis a very hardy plant and therefore extremely easy to growgrow in potsor in the vegetable garden. Hercultivationit requires very little care.
It is possible to start acultivation of mintstarting from the seed: germination times are very short: in optimal conditions 7 days are enough even if in it could take up to two weeks.
After germination, when the seedlings are sufficiently developed, place them in pots with a diameter of 45 cm. The pot should be placed in a shady area even if the mint resists the sun but in this case it requires more frequent watering.
Mint grows quickly reaching a height of 30-45 centimeters. Once the plant has grown sturdy enough, you can peel off the leaves for your needs.