So you’ve made mint extract. You’ve made mint tea, and stored enough dried mint to last you through a few winters. Maybe you’ve made mint chutney, mint jelly, or candied the cooling leaves for future teatimes. But you still. have. too. much. mint.
Well, I have a new project for you! This one is easy enough to do in one afternoon, and it’s a good craft to do with kids. It’s not likely they could harm your mint patch. A nuclear blast might not harm your mint patch.
Mint Infused Sugar
This cooling, tingling sugar is great as a topper for brownies, cakes, or pies heading into the oven. It adds a zip to your cocktails when you use it to rim your glass (julep, anyone?), or you can stir it into your tea or coffee for a hint o’mint.
1. Pick as much mint as you want – don’t worry, you can likely harvest mint into the ground and it’ll be back even stronger next year!
2. Give the stems and leaves a good shake to kick out any bugs. Pull the leaves off of the stems, tossing out the withered or otherwise infested leaves.
3. Put a layer of sugar in the bottom of the jar. Add a layer of torn up, crumbled mint leaves. Repeat with layering leaves and sugar until the jar is full!
4. The more mint that you add, the more mint flavor that your sugar will have.
5. Put a lid on the jar well to keep out bugs and moisture. Shake the jar every day for about a week or so.
6. Strain the mint out (or puree the sugar) and enjoy!
If your sugar isn’t minty enough, just use the same sugar and repeat the process with fresh leaves. You can also cheat by adding a drop of mint extract, but that’s no fun!
Oh, and by the way – I’m in LOVE with the white jar lid that you see in the image above. I found a brand new pack at the thrift store for very cheap, but if you need something like that in your pantry, you can get some here! (affiliate link)
Maybe that’s not enough? Check out my board on Pinterest – “Ways to Use Up Peppermint, Spearmint, or any other Mint!”