Berries with Brown Sugar & Mint Simple Syrup


We are right in the middle of a freezing cold winter and I am longing for a little bit of 80 degree sun. During the winter months I do miss farmers markets and all the fresh produce that abounds. In light of Valentines Day, the stores were stocked with strawberries. To my surprise this particular batch looked really wonderful. I gave into them along with some blueberries.

I have a childhood friend whose mother frequently served strawberries with brown sugar. I always loved the combination and to me it was unique to Aunt Carlene’s house in the summer. The best kind of food is those that are attached to good memories! So I thought to myself, instead of sprinkling sugar all over the berries maybe there is a another way. That is when I decided to see if brown sugar could be made into a simple syrup. The result was wonderful, especially with the addition of the mint. I wonder what Aunt Carlene would think of it…

 Berries with Brown Sugar & Mint Simple Syrup


  • 6 large strawberries, sliced or chopped

  • 1/2 pint blueberries


  • 1 c water

  • 1 c light brown sugar

  • 1 sprig mint


  1. After washing the blueberries and strawberries, slice the strawberries. Then combine them in a medium sized bowl.

  2. Meanwhile in a saucepan, over medium heat, boil the sugar, sprig of mint, and water until the sugar dissolves.

  3. Let the mixture simmer for about 7 minutes. Then turn off the heat, take the sprig of mint out, and let the syrup cool completely before using it.

  4. Take about 3 Tablespoons of the syrup and pour it over the berries and mix. Let the the mixtures stand for 15 minutes and serve. You may add more syrup after tasting it if you want extra sweetness!