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    recipe title: Mint Syrup
    category: Beverages
    keywords: Sephardic, Syrups, Herbs, Gifts
    servings: 1 bottle
          8 c  Mint leaves, fresh; chopped
      2 1/2 c  -Boiling water
          8 c  Sugar
          3 c  -Water
               Green food colouring
          3 tb Mint essential oil
               -or mint extract
    Place chopped mint leaves in a crock or deep bowl; add boiling water. Place a flat dish over the leaves and weight it down. Allow to stand overnight. Bring sugar and 3 cups water to a boil and cook 10 to 15 minutes. Meanwhile, squeeze the juice from the mint leaves; add mint juice to the syrup, bring to a boil, cook 5 minutes and remove from heat. Discard leaves. Add green food color to make the syrup a bright green. Add the mint oil and stir. Pour into sterile bottles. Refrigerate. Syrup is ready to use. Dilute with cold water or sparkling water. SOURCE: Sabbath chapter in _From My Grandmother's Kitchen: a Sephardic Cookbook_ by Viviane Bichech Miner

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