Tuesday, August 14, 2012


Silver bells, cockleshells ... how does your garden grow? 
Mint tea is so pretty when you make it yourself!
We have a garden of mint condition, mint. 

Mother Nature has provided wild violets, wild blue berries, wild raspberries and other north woods berries in abundance, however my humble attempts to raise a kitchen garden (while away for the Summer without preparing against the deer. Deer are abundant in great Stockholm) ...  has come up: mint. I have bushels. What is one to do?

#1 on my list: MINT TEA. Pluck, bind with kitchen string and steep. My husband has youthful memories from his North African days where he beat the heat with sugary, sugary mint tea. I like it straight up after dinner or before bed. Not only refreshing, but so pretty with the fresh leaves -- a luxurious treat.

Other mint beverages: 
Grape Juice with mint leaves: As a kid, my parents garden felt like it was full of everything -- including grapes that my Mother would make grape juice from. I have high memories of her serving us this elegant drink, grape juice with mint, and wish I had the grapes here, too. Have you tried this?  I'll have to see if I can get her to share her secrets for this mix.  (Flower ice how-to, here)

Crushed Ice
6 ounces light rum
12 mint sprigs, or spearmint, 8 roughly broken apart
6 tablespoons fresh lime juice
4 tablespoons sugar
Club soda
4 slices lime

Place ice in beverage shaker then add in the rum, 8 broken up mint sprigs, lime juice and sugar. Shake well and serve over ice in a high ball glass. Top off each glass with a splash of club soda.
Garnish each with a slice of lime and a sprig of mint.

I love these non-alcoholic, too. Recipe, here.here

Something you might like:
Nice Ice --- Using flowers

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