This Cuban drink is one of the top refreshing cocktails you can enjoy, especially during warm days. Lime + mint + bubbles (and let’s not forget, Rum) = Perfection! Great for a summer happy hour using mint from your AeroGarden.
Get started –
- Cut a lime into wedges
- Add a lime wedge and 10 mint leaves into the bottom of a glass
- Use muddler or handle of wooden spoon to crush mint and lime to release mint oils and lime juice
- Add 2 more lime wedges and 2 tablespoons of white sugar and muddle again
- Fill the glass up to the top with ice
- Pour 1.5 fluid ounces of white rum over the ice
- Fill the rest of the glass with carbonated water
- Taste – Add more sugar if you want
- Garnish with lime wedge and mint sprig
Avoid over-muddling the mint, it will give the mojito a grassy taste. Over crushed mint breaks the chlorophyll filled veins in the leaf which gives a bitter grass taste.
You want to lightly press down on the leaves with the muddler or wooden spoon and gently twist.
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Lemon Balm, Lemon Mint, or Mint leaves compliment the lemon and honey in this cocktail.
Lemon Balm and Mints are pruned in the same method. Watch the video above for help with pruning.
- 6 tablespoons honey
- 2 cups lemon vodka or white rum
- 3/4 cup fresh lemon juice
- 1 cup (loosely packed) fresh lemon balm leaves or mint leaves
- 8 lemon slices
- Stir honey and 6 tablespoons hot water in a large pitcher until honey is dissolved. Stir in vodka and lemon juice. Add 2 cups ice cubes. Cover and refrigerate until chilled, about 2 hours.
- Squeeze lemon balm several times to lightly bruise leaves; add to pitcher. Fill Old Fashioned glasses with ice cubes. Divide cocktail among glasses. Garnish with lemon slices and serve.
Makes 8 servings
Courtesy of Epicurious
Spring Into Summer!
This fresh “Summer Roll” is the perfect way to kick-start your summer. Enjoy fresh crunchy vegetables, herbs and noodles rolled in rice paper wrappers and dipped in a homemade peanut sauce.
Plus, you can use the herbs you’ve been growing as the star ingredients!
- 4 servings
- ACTIVE TIME
- 30 minutes
- TOTAL TIME
- 30 minutes
- 4 rice wrappers
- 4 sprigs of Thai basil
- 4 sprigs of mint
- 4 sprigs of cilantro
- 1 carrot
- 1/2 bell pepper
- 1/2 cucumber
- 1/4 lb of vermicelli rice noodles
- 4 oz of tofu, sliced
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- 1 tablespoon of peanut butter
- 1 1″ piece of ginger, peeled
- 1 small garlic clove
- 2 teaspoons of tamari
- 1 teaspoon tamarind extract
- 1/4 piece of palm sugar
- 1 teaspoon of red pepper flake (optional)
- 1/4 cup of water (as needed)
Short on time? You can also pick up a peanut sauce at your local grocery store!
- The first and most important step is to have all of the vegetables washed and thinly sliced before you begin assembling.
- Soak the rice noodles in boiling water off of heat in a bowl until tender and follow directions on the packaging.
- Dip the rice paper wrappers in warm water for 10-15 seconds until they are malleable. Don’t let the wrappers become too soft, they are delicate!
- Lay the rice paper on the counter and begin layering the ingredients just off center.
- Roll tightly, folding in the sides.
- Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl
- Add water to desired consistency
Now you’re ready to serve!
Fresh and tasty dish to use those herbs you’ve been growing, such as MINT, BASIL, and CILANTRO!
Matcha in the morning, matcha at night, matcha all through the day! This lime-mint-matcha combo is a great morning or afternoon pick-me-up, or add a splash of rum for a bright and refreshing cocktail.