Wednesday, March 28, 2012

When Life Gives You Mint...

...make mojitos.
 A profusion of mint appeared 
during Chicago's nine days of non-springtime temps in the mid-80s

If you have neighbors who grow things, ask if they have mint to share. It grows like gangbusters and many gardeners plant it into the ground in a pot so its roots don't spread. Me? Well, let's just say I always have plenty for mojitos, for neighbors who want to make mojitos, and for cutting in giant armfuls for the house.

Mojitos are easy and fun
Pluck leaves from stems, wash well, and toss into a bowl. Add a little sugar (you can always add more later) and muddle the leaves to release their essential oil.

Add some rum, Appleton Jamaican here--why not? Figure a couple generous shots per drink or follow the recipe link below.

Squeeze in the juice of a lemon or lime. Stir, cover, and let it steep for a couple hours.
Then strain the liquid, pressing down and squeezing the limp mint to release all its juice.

Pour the mint-rum-lemon over ice and top with soda water, garnishing with a mint sprig.

That'll make you smile

My toss-together recipe based on this one.


Charmcitybalconygarden said...

Yum Yum! I was considering transferring my mint to a bigger pot. This recipe has convinced me!

H2 said...

Well alright, charmcity. Salut!

Maddy said...

i just loved the blog, it is about plants, refreshing.

H2 said...

Many thanks, Maddy.