Drinks/ Recipes

Mint Mojito Iced Lattes

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You want to know what I love?

Coffee. Strong coffee.

As a new mom getting less than stellar sleep, I’ve come to appreciate coffee in a whole new light. Now before you all get your panties in a bunch, let me clarify that I only drink one or two coffees a day and never right before I breastfeed. Don’t worry — I’m not sitting here downing seven a day, even though some days I might want to. Grayson eats every 3 – 3.5 hours so I conveniently schedule my caffeine intake around his meals.

That being said, about a month ago I discovered a tasty new treat at my favorite local coffee place, Philz. It’s called a “mint mojito coffee” and it’s sooooooooo good. Like, insanely good…the best thing you put in your mouth all day good.

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I don’t know how Philz makes their iced coffee, but I tried to recreate it at home the best I could. Note that this is definitely a “lightened up” version than what’s at the coffee shop. I have a hunch theirs is so addicting because they use cream and a lot of it. You could definitely substitute the milk for cream in this recipe for a creamier, guilty pleasure version, but I think mine is pretty good the way it is.

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The mint simple syrup is super addicting and would work great in a fun cocktail so you’ll be glad you have extras! It’s definitely worth it to take the time to make the simple syrup and let it chill and infuse in the fridge overnight for the most flavor. I was literally drinking it from the spoon before making this iced latte with it. Oops.

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Mint Mojito Iced Lattes

yields 1 latte with leftover simple syrup (works great in a cocktail!)


for simple syrup ~

small handful of fresh mint, roughly chopped

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup water

for lattes ~

1 cup brewed strong coffee, cold

1/4 cup milk

3 tbsp simple syrup


First, make the simple syrup. Combine the mint, sugar and water in a small saucepot over medium heat. Bring to a boil, stir so that all the sugar dissolves and remove from the heat. Transfer to a small bowl or jar and let sit in the fridge for at least 4 hours or preferably overnight to infuse the most flavor.

When you’re ready to make the lattes, strain the mint from the simple syrup. Discard mint. combine your coffee with the milk and three tablespoons of prepared syrup, according to taste. Stir well and garnish with fresh mint!

Simple syrup will stay fresh in the fridge for two weeks.


active time ~ 5 minutes

total time ~ 4 hours or overnight

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  • Bri | Bites of Bri
    July 23, 2014 at 4:29 am

    Mint simple syrup is soooo good, but I haven’t tried it in coffee yet. I happen to have mint syrup on hand, so maybe today’s the day ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Molly @ Yes to Yolks
    July 23, 2014 at 5:50 am

    Mint coffee is the best thing ever! I’ve been obsessed all summer. Coffee is definitely my biggest cheat during pregnancy – I allow myself one cup of coffee daily, and it is my favorite part of the day. I’m sure that will carry over into new mommyhood!

  • Brittany B
    July 23, 2014 at 5:55 am

    This sounds SO good! I bet it would be stellar with coconut milk, too!

  • Erin | The Law Student's Wife
    July 23, 2014 at 5:57 am

    Cheers! This sounds so incredibly refreshing–I’d have trouble limiting myself to just two!

  • erin @hooleywithaz
    July 23, 2014 at 6:10 am

    bahaha, before you get your panties in a bunch…love this attitude, you are my hero.

    fnu story: two days before i announced to my work team that i was pregnant, two of my coworkers announced to the whole team that they would know when i was pregnant, because i would have to stop drinking coffee. they said this as i was standing there, 12 weeks pregnant, travel mug of caffeinated coffee (the appropriate amount of course!) in hand. i had to bite my tongue so hard to keep from saying anything. let’s just all assume that people we know are already healthy moms/moms-to-be are listening to their bodies and know what’s okay to do.

  • Jen @ Pretty Little Grub
    July 23, 2014 at 6:21 am

    Mojitos & coffee mixed! I just died and went to heaven.

  • Brittany B
    July 23, 2014 at 6:30 am

    These look SO good! I bet they would be stellar with coconut milk, too!

  • Jessica
    July 23, 2014 at 6:38 am

    I went to SJ for training for work, and my boss took me to Philz. BEST COFFEE EVER! Definitely will make note to check out this one when I’m there in a few weeks ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Coco | It Was Just Right
    July 23, 2014 at 6:56 am

    Yum! I’ve done a version of this with honey as well . . . so good.

  • Jaclyn @ BumpSweat
    July 23, 2014 at 7:02 am

    As much as I love mint, especially mint + chocolate, I’ve never thought to pair it with coffee. Sounds so good!

  • kristen
    July 23, 2014 at 7:05 am

    This sounds amazingly good. I can’t wait to try it!

  • DessertForTwo
    July 23, 2014 at 7:42 am

    This sounds heavenly! I’ve been keeping mint simple syrup in my fridge ever since it was over 80-degrees! I love it in iced coffees, cocktails, and I’ve even been adding it to sparkling water with a dash of vinegar.

  • Dana P.
    July 23, 2014 at 7:43 am

    Yum! These sounds so refreshing and delicious! I think I’d use the leftover mint simple syrup in juleps or mojitos. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Lindsay
    July 23, 2014 at 9:01 am

    Oh, how I miss Philz, especially their Mint Mojito! Their version is definitely heavy on the cream and sugar, but works as a nice treat drink when I’m around the bay area (I live in Sacramento now). A homemade version is a great idea! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health
    July 23, 2014 at 11:03 am

    The line “before you all get your panties in a bunch” made me chuckle. You do have some opinionated readers!

    I’m honestly not much of a coffee drinker but that could change if/when an infant enters my life. The addition of mint sounds like the perfect pick-me-up!

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks
    July 23, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    Jenna this looks so refreshing and absolutely perfect for this weather! I love iced coffee and I know I’d love this minty twist! Pinned

  • Caroline L.
    July 23, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    Philz!!!! My go-to when I’m at school ๐Ÿ™‚ You should try their Ecstatic Iced Coffee (and tell them to make it Sweet and Creamy) – I love it even more than the Mint Mojito one!!

  • Bron
    July 23, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    yum! I love coffee!! as the mum of an 18 month old I still need to consume it multiple times a day to function ๐Ÿ™‚ and I drank coffee (the real stuff!) the whole time I was breastfeeding and it never seemed to affect my daughter but it sure did help her mum out! Will definitely be giving this recipe a go when summer starts up here at the end of the year!

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  • Sandra Laflamme
    July 23, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    Sounds like a refreshing way to stay bright eyed and bushy tailed! I remember those days of feeling like you are in a haze when your baby is so little. I hope you are enjoying many sweet baby snuggles!

  • Laura
    July 23, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    Mint in coffee… hmmmmm, i’m not sure. i also like/love a strong coffee. i’ll have to try this in summer.

  • Amy Walters, A DESIGN DOCK
    July 23, 2014 at 9:25 pm

    Love this recipe! Muuuust try it soon. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    July 23, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    Love this recipe! Muuuuust try it soon. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Jessica @ www.myhealthypassion.com
    July 24, 2014 at 5:30 am

    I cannot wait to make these!!!! I am slightly OBSESSED with mint and mojitos! I can’t wait! I will pick the mint from my garden to make them this weekend! Thanks!! : )

  • Maryea {happy healthy mama}
    July 24, 2014 at 5:38 am

    Oooh I need to try this for sure! I am breastfeeding my little guy (okay, he’s 2 1/2 and not little at all…) and drink lots o’ coffee. Motherhood demands coffee.

  • Katie
    July 24, 2014 at 7:19 am

    Finally a food post…I’ve been waiting patiently (ish). I seem to remember a post long ago about how this wouldn’t turn into a mommy blog but the baby/diapering/parenting to food-focused content ratio is dangerously close..

    …that said I totally get it and 100% your prerogative–that’s the beauty of a blog! I hope to see more of this content in the coming months as I truly appreciate your great recipe ideas.

    • Laura
      July 24, 2014 at 12:48 pm

      i’m totally going to be that obnoxious reader who defends the blogger, but this is jenna’s third food post in the past two weeks–a pretty good average for a just-returned-from-maternity-leave, if you ask me. which i know you didn’t! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • LynnG
      July 27, 2014 at 2:17 pm

      Love the recipes- that’s why I come to this blog. Love the book reviews,too, although I’m sure you don’t have much reading time lately:)

  • Katie
    July 24, 2014 at 7:26 am

    What is upsetting is that you even have to justify posting a recipe for coffee AS A NEW MOM. Recipe sounds fabulous, can’t wait to try!

  • megan
    July 24, 2014 at 9:41 am

    I wouldn’t judge if you drank coffee while breastfeeding. Guilty as charged, right here. ๐Ÿ˜‰ But I do sugared up half caffeine….:)

  • Angel Reyes
    July 24, 2014 at 11:12 am

    This looks so good. Make sure the coffee doesn’t cool for too long, or it will taste stale.

  • Victoria
    July 24, 2014 at 11:30 am

    Just made the syrup- amazing! Totally agree- could just eat it with a spoon!!

  • Eva @ All Books Considered
    July 24, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    Awesome. My favorite is the gingersnap iced coffee but this one is good too!!

  • Cyndi
    July 24, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    Do NOT apologize for coffee … it’s okay.

    You need a little boost to get through it all. It’s hard! But all worth it for sure.

  • Laura @ She Eats Well
    July 24, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    Confession: I live walking distance to Philz in Pac Heights and have never had that mint coffee drink. So I need to get on that soon! I love mint though. And these would be perfect at a fun brunch!

  • Lindsay
    July 24, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    Oh my goodness. So refreshing! Would love one of these everyday ; )

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    July 25, 2014 at 8:32 am

    Thank you from a latte addict:) This sounds awesome!

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    July 25, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    I love fresh mint leaves and I have never thought about having them with my coffee! Thanks for sharing this! I’ll definitely give it a try!

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    Made the simple syrup with coconut sugar, along with the Pioneer Womans cold pressed coffee. AMAZING!! Thank you so much for the inspiration!

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    July 28, 2014 at 4:30 am

    What a perfect summer sipper! I’m fortunately past the breastfeeding stage so I can drink coffee all day…yipppeeee!

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  • Tara
    July 29, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    DEAR GOODNESS this looks amazing.

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  • Sanjivini
    July 31, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    Love this recipe, it reminded me of what I had at Philiz coffee in Palo Alto, CA ๐Ÿ˜‰