Sandy Collins

Total Time:
1 hr 15 min
Prep:
10 min
Inactive:
1 hr
Cook:
5 min

Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 large sprigs fresh mint, plus more for garnish
  • Ice
  • 1 liter club soda
  • 2 lemons, juiced
  • 6 ounces gin, optional
Directions

First make the mint simple syrup: Put 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of water into a saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally until the sugar is dissolved. Turn off the heat. Bruise the mint a little by rubbing it between your fingers. Add mint to the syrup and set aside until it cools, at least 1 hour. Strain into a clean jar and discard the mint. Cover the jar with a lid. Leftover syrup can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 months.

To make the drinks, fill 4 glasses with ice. Put 2 tablespoons of mint simple syrup into each glass. Top with about a cup of club soda and a teaspoon of lemon juice. Stir gently and garnish with a mint sprig. Add 1 1/2 ounces of gin to each glass, if desired.


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