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Using Mint – Fresh Mint Recipes

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Mint is so refreshing and one of the most prolific summer herbs. Here are some simple ideas for using mint. I like to try different varieties. Like chocolate mint, peppermint, apple mint, basil mint (lemony) and spearmint.  Mint is easy to grow and is perfect for a shade garden.

Rinse your mint and use scissors to chop it.

Fresh Mint Tea

4 c.
1 gal. water
1 c. honey
Bring the water to a boil. Stir in honey until it is dissolved. Put mint into the pan, cover and let it steep. When it cool enough pour the tea into a pitcher and keep in the fridge over night. Serve over ice in tall glasses, with a lemon wedge.
For fresh mint lemonade add 1 and 1/2 c. of fresh lemon juice to this tea. Add to your pleasure by serving in tall frosty glasses.

Fresh Mint Dressing

2 Tbs chopped mint – chocolate mint is perfect!
2 c. raspberry yogurt
Serve over fresh fruit.

Orange Mint Salsa

1 orange peeled with a knife so there is no white pith. Cut into small pieces.
1 small granny smith apple peeled, cored and diced
2 serrano  chili peppers diced
1/2 c. fresh mint leaves
2 Tbs. lemon juice
Blend until smooth. Serve immediately with grilled chicken, grilled pork loin or over fresh fruit.
You can remove the seeds and the veins of the chiles if you want  a cooler version.

I like to bring out my favorite Mexican serving pieces when ever I serve salsa. And ice tea is the perfect time to use my tall Mexican drinking glasses.

My sister serves her lemonade in a beautiful glass jar with a spigot. She floats fresh mint leaves and lemons on top.



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  • 1 Kathy Griffiths // Jul 3, 2010 at 4:44 am

    I love mint. I have a chocolate mint in my garden and it grows like wild fire. It has a wonderful fragrance and has a mild flavor.
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  • 2 Martha Giffen // Jul 3, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    I’ve never heard of mint lemonade! Thanks for the new recipe :)
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  • 3 Melanie Kissell
    // Jul 4, 2010 at 1:20 am

    Ooh … I love the sound of fresh mint tea!

    I’ve only had it served hot but adding some lemon juice to this recipe and serving it cold sounds like a really refreshing summertime treat!

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    Sheila Reply:

    It is a treat….so treat yourself and stop back by and let us know how it turns out.

  • 4 Corrie Petersen // Jul 4, 2010 at 2:29 am

    Sheila, thanks for the suggestions. I love mint. It’s so refreshing and the smell is wonderful.
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    Sheila Reply:

    It is refreshing. That is why I pick a mint lip balm and mint soaps in the summer.

  • 5 Mtn Jim Fisher // Jul 4, 2010 at 4:08 am

    Mint is one of my fav herbs Sheila! Can’t wait to try the Orange Mint Salsa…:-)

    Now, do you have a good mint julep recipe? ;-)

    Mtn Jim
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    Sheila Reply:

    This salsa is one of my favorites, it is so easy to make. We like ours hot and on everything from eggs to chips.

    Try this recipe for Mint Julep. http://bit.ly/E2A7x and make it easy on yourself when you dissolve the sugar by mixing it with a little hot water.