Enjoying the Simple Pleasures of Life, While Living in a Complicated World

Annie’s Awesome Simple Syrup for Iced Tea

The hot days of August often seem to stretch on for days without relief, and the only beverage that surely will quench a thirst is fresh, brewed iced tea. There’s one addition to creating a deliciously cold glass of tea….herbal simple syrups! They’re easy to make, and if you plant a garden with mint, lemon verbena and other herbs; there’s no end to the variety you can make! You can find more of my recipes for simple syrup…
Mint & Lemon Verbena Simple Syrup
Rose Petal Simple Syrup
Ginger Simple Syrup


Annie’s Awesome Simple Syrup for Iced Tea


2 cups water
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup torn, mint leaves
1/2 cup torn, lemon verbena leaves
4 large pieces of candied ginger

Ginger, lemon verbena & mint simple syrup~ perfect for iced tea! It has a nice kick of heat, along with a lemony, refreshing taste of mint. Wonderful for sweetening iced tea, and other beverages.
In a medium saucepan: add 2 cups water & 2 cups sugar. Over medium heat- stir until sugar is completely dissolved.. Allow the syrup become completely clear and reach a gentle simmer.

While syrup is clarifying- Rinse 1/2 cup of torn mint leaves, 1/4 cup torn lemon verbena leaves, dry on a paper towel. Place 4 large pieces of candied ginger in a medium zip-loc bag; pulverize with a rolling pin into small particles.

Once the syrup has reached a simmer, add mint, candied ginger & lemon verbena to syrup. Turn off the heat, and allow the syrup to cool over the next two hours. Strain cooled simple syrup into a jar (I like canning jars) or a bottle. Will keep for a week refrigerated. Use in iced tea or other beverages. Enjoy!


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