This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Sparkling Ice Essence Of. All opinions are 100% mine.
This Persian Cinnamon Mint Refresher will be your new favorite drink to serve at parties. A concentrated syrup infused with mint and cinnamon mixed with sparkling water for the right amount of fizz.
I can't believe my eyes. It's actually sunny in Boston. And it's late November.
Does this mean my prayers have finally been answered? That we are not going to have a brutal winter here? I would love to think that we are going to have California weather in Boston but I know I'm wrong. I know I should face a brutal winter in some days. Those are the days that call for hot chocolate, tea, or mulled cranberry apple cider.
Cold days also make me feel lazy and some days I just don't want to get out of bed, which is so not me because I'm always full of energy and love doing things around and only sit down when I have to do non-cooking work on the blog. I mean, I'm always happy at work because I've got Unicorns in the Kitchen.
On days I feel a bit down and want to boost my energy and get refreshed, I don't drink any energy drinks or stuff like that. Instead, I drink this Persian cinnamon mint refresher.
The original form of this Persian drink is on my cookbook (yay!) and this is a twist on the original plus a Flirt with the flavor of Sparkling Ice Essence Of Lemon Lime for something refreshing and exciting. I love mixing Persian favorites with American favorites. Like this Rosewater Cardamom Pancakes with Saffron Syrup.
This Persian cinnamon mint refresher is really easy. It's a concentrate made with sugar, water, fresh mint leaves and cinnamon. Then, I mix it with Sparkling Ice Essence of Lemon Lime which gives the drink a flirt of flavor and the right amount of fizz. I like making my Persian cinnamon mint refresher with Sparkling Ice Essence of Lemon Lime because it doesn't have any artificial flavor or color and it's just fun to make a drink with it. It's easy to drink.
The syrup itself is so simple and can be stored in a jar in the fridge for up to a month. It depends on you and your preferences to decide how much syrup and sparkling water you want to mix. I usually do a quarter to a third syrup and sparkling water for the rest. If the sparkling water is not cold, I add a couple of ice cubes to the drink.
I would say this drink is so "me" because the flavors are mixed with each other, but you can also tell them apart. No flavor is overpoweringly strong and all the flavors (cinnamon, mint, lemon and lime) go hand in hand very well. Just how I like the flavors in each dish to be. It makes me and anyone who tries it very happy. And that's how people usually describe me, happy, energetic, active, passionate, talkative and funny. All these are a part of me separately but also together they make me, "me".
Oh, by the way, we served something similar in our wedding, too!
You will love this Persian cinnamon mint refresher. Especially when you need something to remind you that happiness is always just around the corner!
Persian Cinnamon Mint Refresher
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1 tablespoon white vinegar
- ½ cup fresh mint
- 2 sticks of cinnamon
- 1 bottle Sparkling Ice Essence of Lemon Lime cold
- Place sugar and water on medium heat and bring to boil. Let simmer for 5 minutes. Add in the vinegar and simmer for 5 more minutes.
- Turn the heat off. Add in mint and cinnamon sticks. Cover and let the syrup cool.
- Drain and discard mint leaves and cinnamon sticks.
- Fill ¼ - ⅓ of the glasses with the syrup and fill with Sparkling Ice Essence of Lemon Lime.
- Serve cold.
Jennifer A Stewart
I get bummed when the weather turns cold or cloudy and it affects my mood considerably. My youngest too. I swear we have a sort of "Seasonal Affective Disorder" the way our moods change so quickly. This mint and cinnamon sure can lift me out of that fog, though! What a fun drink and being able to store the syrup in the fridge until ready to add the bubbly is awesome!
Me too Jennifer! When it gets cold and cloudy I'm all bummed, I don't know how I managed to live in Seattle for some times! This syrup however, will make you happy!