1large bunch of fresh mint(about 30g/1oz or a packed cup or leaves)
1cup(240ml) boiling water
2tspsugar(caster/superfine is best)
Finely chop the mint leaves, discarding the stalks.
Place in a bowl and cover with the boiling water. Leave to steep for a few minutes, then drain over a sieve.
Give the leaves a rinse with cold water whilst still in the sieve (to stop the cooking process) and place in a small serving bowl with the sugar, vinegar and salt.
Stir together and leave for 20-30 minutes – to allow the flavour to develop. Then serve.
Can I make it ahead?
Yes, you can ahead (store in a covered jar in the refrigerator)- BUT - the mint will lose its vibrancy. The vibrant colour of the mint only lasts an hour or two after mixing with the vinegar. At this point the mint becomes a duller green - more associated with shop-bought sauces. I usually make mine a couple of hours ahead as the flavour develop more if left longer.
How long will it last in the fridge?
I usually cover mine and keep in the fridge for 2-3 days, but it can keep for 2-3 months so long as the leaves are covered in the liquid and the sauce is stored in a sterilised, sealed jar in the fridge.
Nutritional information is per serving (this recipe serves 4).