Homemade Peppermint Syrup Recipe For The Holidays

Ring in the holiday season with this delicious peppermint syrup that will flavor all of the youre festive beverages perfectly. Whether you love a peppermint martini or peppermint latte, we got you uncovered with the most delicious peppermint goodness syrup, that is perfectly sweet and not too minty. The last thing you want is to make a delicious drink and pour cheap peppermint syrup into it and recoiled back in disgust because it’s too minty and bitter tasting. Thats why we tested our own variations in different recipes to make sure this syrup didn’t come out too strong but was the perfect strength to add that festive touch to your Christmas drinks!

This post is all about creating the perfect holiday peppermint syrup that is perfectly sweet and minty!

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Peppermint Syrup vs Mint Syrup?

Peppermint syrup is made by using pure peppermint extract, while the mint syrup is made from mint extract. The two both stem from the mint family, but peppermint is pure peppermint and the mint extract is usually derived from spearmint and peppermint.

Peppermint vs mint vs spearmint?

Peppermint is a go-to minty flavor that is popular during the winter season and is often added t various holiday drinks and it pairs lovely with chocolate and citrus drinks. While Mint is a more versatile flavor that can be used year-round in an abundance of drinks. Spearmint is the least powerful out of the other two natural mint family members, it offers a slight minty taste that is subtly sweet.

Peppermint extract vs Peppermint leaves

Peppermint extract is what is commonly used when making homemade peppermint syrup, however, you could try using peppermint leaves. However, the flavor will be less on your face when compared to peppermint extract. If you would like to use peppermint leaves simply swap out the extract for 1 cup of fresh peppermint leaves and steep in the hot simple syrup for about an hour.

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peppermint leaves can be used in making peppermint syrup
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What does peppermint taste like?

Peppermint is the go-to choice for flavoring desserts and drinks due to its minty but not too-bold flavor that pairs well with chocolate.

Does Starbucks have peppermint syrup?

Yes, Starbucks Has peppermint syrup that is available seasonally during the holidays. So make sure to get your fill while you can!

Is Peppermint a seasonal syrup?

Yes, peppermint is a seasonal flavor and is commonly found in holiday drinks such as peppermint mochas, peppermint lattes, peppermint teas, and peppermint hot chocolate. Thus you’ll usually only find this drink during the winter season.

What can you use peppermint syrup in?

Peppermint syrup can be used in a variety of drinks and desserts, for example, you can make a peppermint martini, peppermint spiked hot chocolates, peppermint mochas, peppermint eggnog, peppermint and rum, and more!

Try adding your freshly made peppermint syrup to these other recipes that we love!
- Red Velvet Latte
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The Perfect Holiday Peppermint Simple Syrup Recipe

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Make a Peppermint Cold Foam! 

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Pure Peppermint Extract or Fresh Peppermint Leaves

Why You’ll Love It

  • Taste absolutely amazing! The amount of peppermint in this recipe is the perfect ratio that you get that sweet and icy feeling but without feeling numb!
  • Versatile recipes can be used to flavor your favorite alcoholic beverages, espresso drinks, desserts, teas, and more!
  • Easy to make and customizable to your liking!
Love Holiday Drinks? Try our other Holiday Specialty Drinks Recipes
- Eggnog
- Eggnog Latte
-Peppermint Mocha
- Gingerbread Latte

How To Make Peppermint Syrup At Home: Two Different Ways!

Recipe Calls For:

  • 1 teaspoon of pure peppermint extract or 1 cup of fresh peppermint leaves
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar

Instructions: Peppermint Extract

  1. Gather Sugar and water and place in a small saucepan over medium heat, and stir continuously.
  2. When sugar is dissolved, go ahead and add peppermint extract, and stir in.
  3. Remove off heat and let the mixture cool down.
  4. Pour simple syrup solution into a sealable container and place in the fridge.

Instructions: Fresh Peppermint Leaves

  1. Place sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium heat and stir until sugar is dissolved.
  2. When fully dissolved, turn off the heat and place freshly rinsed peppermint leaves, and steep for about an hour.
  3. Remove leaves with a metal mesh strainer, and toss.
  4. Let the mixture cool down and then pour it into a sealable container. Wallah, you’re done!

Recipe Note:

  • The Peppermint simple syrup will last for several weeks in the fridge due to the sugar acting as a preservative, of course always check for spoilage and discard if it seems iffy.
  • The simple syrup can be frozen for up to 3 months, in a freezer container, but make sure to leave room for expansion.
  • The recipe can be adjusted for taste, if you want a strong peppermint taste, simply add 1/4 teaspoon of peppermint extract stir, and taste check.
  • To avoid crystelizing we recommend adding a teaspoon of lemon juice or a 1/2 tablespoon of corn syrup.

Peppermint Syrup FAQ

Can I use peppermint extract in recipes instead of peppermint syrup?

If you commit peppermint syrup in exchange for peppermint extract, you’ll need to reduce the extract to a tiny amount. Also, keep in mind by not adding the syrup it will only taste like peppermint but will be bitter. Thus you’ll want to add sugar as well.

Is peppermint extract sweet?

No, all extracts are not sweet but do smell heavenly so they can trick you into thinking they are sweet by how good they smell. Since the extract is made from the addition of alcohol, and no sugar it will lack a sweet taste. It will also be very potent and most likely take awful when tasted alone.

What is peppermint extract made out of?

Peppermint extra is made out of alcohol, and fresh peppermint leaves.

Where can I buy peppermint extract?

Most supermarkets sell peppermint extract, especially during the fall and winter seasons.

Where can I buy peppermint syrup?

Just like peppermint extract, peppermint syrup is especially popular during the winter season and will be readily available at your nearest grocer store. Also, feel free to ask your local cafes if they sell peppermint syrup by themselves.

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