If you’re growing mint this summer, you’ve probably discovered that it spreads like wildfire! Mine is taking off in a planter and it’s only been a few weeks. So what now? (We can’t make mojitos every damn day.) I’m so excited to find ways to incorporate mint into summer drinks, salads, marinades and desserts, so I’m officially calling this the Summer of Mint. Get ready for a lot of mint-spiration in the months ahead!
I’m starting off with the basics: hydration.
Now that it’s getting warmer we need to be guzzling water. I’m amping up a plain glass of H2O with loads of flavor from fresh mint leaves, strawberry slices and lime wedges. Not only is it a pretty presentation, it’s just more fun to drink! I rarely consume 8 glasses of water a day – like my Women’s Health magazine has been harping on me about – but this flavorful infusion will have me reaching for water instead of soda all summer long.
Infused water is also a great place to start if you’re apprehensive about incorporating fresh herbs into your daily life. It doesn’t require much planning, thought or time: just throw all the ingredients in a pitcher, fill with water, stir, and refrigerate! It’s going to be a minty summer, friends!
A handfull (about 10 mint leaves)
3 strawberries sliced
1 lime sliced
Water or Sparkling Mineral Water
1. In a pitcher, add mint, strawberry and lime slices.
2. Cover with cold water and ice. Infuse in the refrigerator for 1/2 hour – several hours depending on how strong you want the infusion to be.
(TIP: You can refill the pitcher a couple times to get more infusion out of the same ingredients)