While Kev was busy pulling a huge stump out of the ground last Saturday morning, I decided that my herbs that survived the “winter” here needed to be cleaned up and trimmed back. My mint is still growing like crazy so I had to trim about half of it off. So I thought…trim it, clean it and put it to use! I am so glad I did. I made a mint simple syrup with the mint i picked and am I ever glad I did! We topped off our day with fresh vodka mojitos on the patio as the sun went down! Sounds perfect to me! Cheers!
The Mint Simple Syrup
1 1/2 cup water
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups mint, bruised
Bring the water, sugar and mint to a boil in a small sauce pan. Let simmer for 5 minutes. Stir occasionally. Cook until sugar is dissolved. Cool then strain pushing on the mint leaves to get all the syrup out.
1 recipe Mint Simple Syrup (see above)
1 1/2 c. good vodka
1/3 fresh lime juice
juice of one small lemon
juice of one small mandarine
2 1/2 c. lime seltzer water
lime slices and mint for garnish
In a large pitcher, combine all of the ingredients. Pour into glasses over ice. Garnish with mint leaves and a wedge of lime.
What do I love about this recipe? I love that it tastes so fresh and I think it is right up there with a Gin and Tonic as the perfect hot weather drink!
What don’t I love about this recipe? Nothing!