Here in California, it doesn’t feel like fall. It’s still hot and my mint shrub is growing crazy. Growing mint at home is fairly easy. It’s a very low maintenance and hardy plant. There are many varieties but I prefer spear mint flavor so I always go with that. Pick a healthy shrub from the nursery and plant it in pot or directly in soil. It can grow in full/part sun. Keep it well irrigated and trim it regularly.
Mint has lot of health benefits. It’s good for digestion and rich in anti-oxidants. I will post the recipe of mint tea my husband makes some time later. It acts like decongestant for cold and cough.
Today, I gave my mint shrub a haircut J . I am going to make a big batch of Mint chutney and freeze it for later use. But first, I needed something to cool off. So, I made mint limeade, a slight variation of classic lemonade. I used few sprigs of mint, as I didn’t want it overwhelming. It came out good and had a cool subtle flavor of mint. It tasted like virgin Mojito and looks pretty with specks of green.
What you need:
(makes 2 servings - approx two 8 oz glasses)
Juice from 1 Lime
8 to 10 medium sized mint leaves
1 ½ tbsp sugar
¼ tsp salt
1 ½ cups of water
1 cup of ice
Steps to Follow:
- In a blender, add all ingredients.
- Blend it till mixed, just until mint leaves and ice is crushed.
- Pour it into glasses and top it with couple ice cubes to keep it cool.
- Garnish with mint leaves and serve.