Wish List: Fresh Mint

Wish List: Fresh Mint

Mint will always be a flavor that I associate with pleasant memories of both of my grandmothers. My strongest association comes from drinking “Plantation Mint” tea with my mom’s mom. Grandmom drank that tea the way other people guzzle coffee. She would make us a pot in her fancy tiered teapot (a gift from her wedding), and we would eat way too many carbs, usually in the form of Pepperidge Farm cinnamon swirl bread or jelly krimpets. She also kept peppermint hard candies in her pockets and on her coffee table at all times. (I wonder where I got my sweet tooth or my love for all things doughy?) As for my dad’s mom, “Mom Mom,” I remember her always having spearmint gumdrops in a glass candy dish in the living room, and her house had the best spearmint-flavored toothpaste. From time to time I will taste some toothpaste that reminds me of it, and I am right back in her bathroom, a 6-year old girl getting ready for bed before sleeping over at her grandparents’ house in New Jersey. Both of them have been gone for years now, and I miss them terribly – so I am thankful for mint and its powers to send me on a trip down memory lane.

These days mint is one of my favorite things to grow in our rooftop garden throughout the summer (partially because it is a wild beast of a plant and hard to kill). My favorite routine on a weekend morning is to slip out the back door to the garden, snip off a bunch of mint leaves, and bring them back inside to brew in a cup with some plain green tea. Sometimes I add a little bit of honey to it. I prefer sweeter mints like mojito mint or spearmint as opposed to peppermint. This year for the garden I chose chocolate mint (how could I not?) and pineapple mint (both pictured above in my illustration, chocolate on the left and pineapple on the right). The recipes below will surely give my mint plants a workout this summer: 

 

I HEART MOJITOS

Kiwi Mojito PopsiclesGimme Some Oven
Mojito Ice CreamWe All Scream
Cucumber and Ginger MojitosAida Mollenkamp

OTHER TASTY BEVERAGES

Fresh Strawberry Mint LemonadeHow Sweet It Is
Fresh Mint Iced Coffee • How Sweet It Is
Classic Mint JulepsJoy the Baker
Matcha Mint Iced TeaLove and Lemons
Strawberry Mint JulepCookie and Kate
Fresh Mint Ginger LemonadeBlogging Over Thyme
Pineapple Mint Juleps • How Sweet It Is

THE SAVORY SIDE

Fresh Fig and Mint SaladFood52
Pea Pesto with Pistachio and MintVMac and Cheese
Shaved Asparagus and Mint Salad • Food52

THE SWEET SIDE

No-Churn Pistachio, Mint + Olive Oil Fudge Brownie Ice CreamTop With Cinnamon
Peach Plum Tart with Mint Walnut PestoDesign Sponge
Fresh Mint Dark Chocolate Truffle CookiesTwo Red Bowls
Chocolate Cupcakes with Fresh Mint ButtercreamNot Without Salt
Roasted Fig Tart with Orange Blossom, Cinnamon & Mint Cream FillingWhat Katie Ate

 

All of these recipes can be found on my “Wish List: Fresh Mint” Pinterest Board
Prints of my illustrations are available in my Etsy shop

Comments

  1. says

    What a great list and amazing illustration, Sara. I have some mint growing on my balcony right now so I’m totally into using it to make all these recipes! Also, chocolate mint? Whoa! I was lucky enough to get a taste of pineapple mint last summer but chocolate? Dying over here.

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