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Just One Plant, So Many Uses - Mint

Just One Plant, So Many Uses - Mint

The power of mint can be harnessed by planting in a container so that it can green up any space, indoors or out! When introducing mint in the kitchen, it has the ability to absolutely transform a drink from dull to lively, especially when you utilize it in different ways.

Mint Honey Simple Syrup

This simple syrup is sure to be an easy pantry staple to add a pinch of freshness wherever you’d usually like a little sweetness. Muddling the mint before adding the water allows the oils to infuse themselves with the honey bringing out a more prominent freshness to the end result.

What you’ll need:

1 bunch mint
1c Honey
½ c Water
Wooden Spoon
Saucepot
Strainer
Mason Jar with lid or jar with swing-top closure

Process:

  • In a saucepan add 1c Honey and one bunch of mint over medium-low heat.
  • Stir to incorporate mint into honey lightly tamping with a wooden spoon to release mint oils into honey.
  • Add 1⁄2 c water to the mixture and bring to a light boil.
  • Remove from heat, and stir to combine. Let cool and pour through a strainer into a mason jar or swing-top bottle.
  • Will keep for 3-4 weeks refrigerated.

South Facing Light (Using Your Syrup in a Cocktail)

Honey is a great way of introducing sweetness into your drinks without using white sugar, as well as a way of supporting your local beekeepers. This simple cocktail is a refreshing way to enjoy the fruits of your labor. Simply replace recipes that call for simple syrup with your mint honey syrup for a bright substitution. Chilling your glassware in a freezer a half hour before serving is a quick and professional move!

What you’ll need:

Tequila or Alcohol-Free substitute such as Seedlip
Lime Juice
Honey Mint Syrup
Shaker Tin or Mason Jar with a sealable lid
Stemmed cocktail glass
Measuring device
Strainer

South Facing Light Recipe:

2oz Tequila or Seedlip
.75oz Fresh Lime Juice
.75oz Honey Mint Syrup

Process:

  • Shake all ingredients with ice until well chilled and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  • Garnish with an expressed mint leaf*
  • *to release oils for a pleasant aromatic, simply place a mint leaf in the palm of your hand, and give it a light smack!

Coffee Meets Mint

Adding homemade honey simple syrup to your morning cup of coffee is an inventive and delicious way of using mint in the morning. These recipes can be scaled up to be stored in the refrigerator or a travel mug if you are looking to share. Shaking your cold brew drink creates a frothy texture, which makes it just a little more special.

What you’ll need:

Coffee or Cold Brew
Oat or regular milk
Vodka or Seedlip (weekend optional)
Fresh Mint Leaves
Simple Syrup
Mint is meant to be used. Keeping it on your counter ensures that it’s always within reach, and once you start making some of these recipes; that’s exactly where you’ll want it.

Coffee Two Ways with Mint Syrup Recipe:

6 oz of coffee or cold brew
1 oz oat or regular milk
.5 oz mint simple syrup
6-8 Fresh mint leaves (cold only)

Process:

For Cold Brew:

  • Add all ingredients into a shaker tin, or jar with a sealable lid with ice and shake until well chilled.
  • Strain over new ice in your favorite morning mug.
  • Place 3-4 mint leaves in the palm of your hand, gently smack, and place them on top of your glass as a garnish.

For Hot Coffee:

  • Add all ingredients except for mint leaves to a hot beverage mug and gently stir to combine.
  • Place 3-4 mint leaves in the palm of your hand, gently smack, and place on top of your mug as a garnish.

Mint is an incredibly versatile plant that will brighten your dishes and when kept as a houseplant - brighten your kitchen’s style. It’s a fun way to bring that farm to table flair to your table at home, or coffee mug.

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