Combine the vodka, lemon juice, and syrup in a cocktail shaker.
Fill 3/4 of the shaker with ice.
Shake until chilled, about 12 seconds.
Strain the drink into a couple glass and garnish with a mint leaf.
Mint SyrupTo make mint syrup, you infuse simple syrup with mint leaves, as if making a cup of tea. I like to pour hot simple syrup over fresh mint, cover, let cool, and then strain out the leaves. This produces a richly flavored syrup by retaining as much of the plant's natural oils as possible, without overheating the herb.Ingredients:
1 cup fresh mint leaves
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
Start by measuring approximately 1 cup of fresh mint leaves. If you have very large leaves, you can chop them into smaller pieces. Put the mint in a 2-cup glass measuring cup.
Next, combine the sugar and the water in a small saucepan. Heat the mixture on medium heat, stirring frequently, until it begins to bubble. Remove from the heat and pour over the mint leaves.
Cover the measuring cup with plastic wrap and let sit until cooled.
Once the syrup is cool, strain out the mint leaves and store the syrup sealed in a clean glass jar in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.