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 Tea4 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 Dressing2 Tbs chopped mint – chocolate mint is perfect!
2 c. raspberry yogurt Serve over fresh fruit.
Orange Mint Salsa1 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.