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Mint Syrup

Author/Submitted by: Sabbath chapter in _From My Grandmother's Kitchen: a Sephardic Cookbook_ by Viviane Bichech Miner
Servings: 1
Categories: Non-Alcoholic Beverages

Ingredients:
8  cups  Fresh mint leaves, chopped
2 1/2  cups  Boiling water
8  cups  Sugar
3  cups  Water
    Green food colouring
3  tablespoons  Mint essential oil or mint extract
   

Directions:
Place chopped mint leaves in a crock or deep bowl; add boiling water. Place a flat dish over the leaves and weight it down. Allow to stand overnight. Bring sugar and 3 cups water to a boil and cook 10 to 15 minutes. Meanwhile, squeeze the juice from the mint leaves; add mint juice to the syrup, bring to a boil, cook 5 minutes and remove from heat. Discard leaves. Add green food color to make the syrup a bright green. Add the mint oil and stir. Pour into sterile bottles. Refrigerate. Syrup is ready to use. Dilute with cold water or sparkling water.


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