Peppermint syrup

This is another one of those “I can’t believe I ever spent money on this” sort of recipes. I love those!

Last year I sweet talked a barista into selling me a bottle of peppermint syrup so I could have my own peppermint coffees at home. You know, for less than $6 a cup. This year I thought I’d go one better and make it myself. As with so many things, it is ridiculously simple to make on your own.

Peppermint syrup


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 tsp. peppermint extract


  1. I did this in the microwave in my trusty Pyrex but in a saucepan on the stove is fine too — just stir together the sugar and water and heat till the sugar dissolves, then stir in the peppermint extract (which, I have found, varies a lot from bottle to bottle, so be sure to taste and adjust accordingly)

You can also replace the peppermint extract with vanilla for quick and easy vanilla syrup.

That’s all, folks! Then add about a tablespoon to your coffee, hot chocolate or whatever floats your boat. Enjoy!

15 thoughts on “Peppermint syrup

  1. I know right, we pay this ridiculous amount of $ for our fave coffee & its all the syrup, they must make a fortune when they sell their fancy coffees…, what an awesome idea making your own for home (it’d be hard not to throw a little dash onto icecream either).

  2. This is wonderful! I was spending about $40/month on my favorite Peppermint Mocha Frappuccino Creme and I could not find a substitute. I am now making my second batch in the past month!

  3. Just now realizing I could use this in my peppermint iced tea. (Currently I use half regular tea bags, half peppermint herbal tea bags.) It should be a lot cheaper! (The peppermint tea bags are expensive, compared to the mondo boxes of plain ol’ Lipton tea bags.

  4. Thank you for this recipe. I attempted it but used much more peppermint. Even at that the peppermint flavor was still a bit weak. Do you think it matters which peppermint extract you use?

    • Hi Elizabeth! You know, I found that same issue on a couple batches myself. I was using the same brand of peppermint extract, so I wonder if it’s the age of it? I’m totally guessing, but I know spices lose their punch after a while, and that’s the only difference I can think of with the extracts I used. Either way, it’s easy to just stir or shake in more extract till it’s just how you like it. 🙂

  5. What did you store it in?? I assume it doesnt have to stored in the fridge. What about using Splenda – has anyone tried that??

    Im so excited to try this!! 🙂

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