Mint Syrup

One of the most refreshing cocktail flavorings, we love to splash this fresh mint syrup in everything from iced tea to cocktails like the Sevillian.

1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup fresh, packed mint leaves

Combine sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium heat and stir until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat, and while the syrup is warm, but not hot add mint and let it steep until leaves darken, about 15 minutes. Strain into a clean jar, cover and keep refrigerated for up to 2 weeks.

Kimberly Patton-Bragg, New Orleans