How Much Is a Sprig of Mint?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Apr 17, 2020 6:51:11 AM ET

A spring of mint is three or more leaves or flowers on a small stem. Most drinks that call for a sprig of mint as an ingredient require six to eight leaves.

Commonly used as an ingredient in and garnish for both food and cocktails, mint is a component of over 100 drinks.The essential oils in mint convince the brain that it is 7 to 13 degrees colder by binding with temperature sensor cells on the tongue, which gives the herb its reputation for refreshment. Muddling the leaves, as called for in a mojito, releases the herb's essential oils and fragrance into the drink.