Italian Mint Soda + Make Your Own Simple Syrup

As a teenager I worked in a little crepe shop off Cannery Row in Monterey, Ca. Aside from developing a severe Nutella addiction, I also fell in love with these Italian sodas. It came as a surprise to me, because I never really enjoyed normal sodas too thick and too sweet. Trust me, Italian soda is nothing like that.

Back then I made them with Torani syrup but they are much, much better if you make your own syrup. Making this syrup is a five (maybe 10) minute trick that makes you feel like a pro in the kitchen. Plus when you’re done you’ll have plenty of this minty syrup perfect for summer sodas and cocktails… mojitos, anyone?

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 1/2 cups of sugar
  • 1 cup of water
  • 2 tbsp of honey - I like the flavor honey adds. If you'd prefer just sugar, then use 2 cups instead of 1 1/2 and follow the same recipe.
  • 7-8 mint leaves
  • 1 tbsp of 1/2 & 1/2
  • 8 oz mineral water – I used Perrier
  • ice
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Directions:

  • First to make your simple syrup put 1 cup of water on to boil with mint leaves.
  • Once your water boils add in your 1 1/2 cups of sugar.
  • Cook the mixture for 5 minutes, gently stir the mixture while it is cooking.
  • Strain mint leaves, through a fine strainer or cheesecloth.
  • Add your honey, shake thoroughly, and set aside to cool.

That’s all you need to do for the simple syrup now for the rest of the drink. This makes one serving.

  • In a large glass mix 8 oz of Perrier over ice, with 2 tablespoons of your simple syrup.
  • You can use a coarsely chopped mint leaf for garnish inside your glass.
  • Add a tablespoon of 1/2 & 1/2 and gently stir.

That's it! Now just sip and enjoy!