Last August, I discovered mint juleps and wow – did that change my world. Cold, refreshing, and packed with lively mint flavor, mint juleps aren’t just for horse races. So what makes a good one? In my mind, the key to an out-of-this-world mint julep is to infuse the simple syrup with mint. It gives the drink an extra boost in flavor that makes it taste like summer.
I kept this mint trick in mind when a client asked me for a recipe for strawberry mojitos. I had never had a strawberry mojito before and I have to admit I was a little skeptical. When I find something I like I tend not to mess with it and I love the classic mojito. But, with that being said, I figured there was no harm in branching out and decided to test some recipes (oh, poor me!).
It’s official. The holiday season has arrived and already I find myself overwhelmed. From decorating the Christmas tree to buying gifts, there is so much going on that it’s easy to spend the holidays checking off your “to-do” list instead of sitting back and enjoying the season.
The chaos brought on by the holidays makes me appreciate the simplicity of mulling spices. Taking only seconds to make, when simmered in a pot of apple cider or red wine, these fragrant sachets will fill your home with the most wonderful aromas that entreat you to both enjoy the moment and this special time of year.
It’s hot. Really hot. August is here with its sticky days, warm nights, and oppressive heat. Unless you are sitting on a beach, relief is hard to find which is why I’ve fallen in love with mint juleps this summer. The perfect summer cocktail, mint juleps, in their metal cups that frost up even better than an iced-beer mug, are a reprieve from the heat in the classiest of ways.
If, unlike me,you have a green thumb, you may have mint in your yard. If you do, and it hasn’t been contained in a pot, then it is most surely running rampant in your garden. Sprawling and overgrown at this time of year, most people have a surplus of mint. And what better reward for dealing with the herb and its ever expanding nature than to serve it up in a refreshing beverage.