Mint in a recipe has a great ability to instantly make anyone feel good, especially in summer. When it’s hot outside, almost anything tastes better with mint. The minty recipes on this list should help you make the case for more mint in your life.
1. Minty chocolate chip cookies
Stir 1 cup sugar and ¾ cup vegetable oil in a bowl. Add 2eggs and vanilla extract. Fold in 2 cups of all-purpose flour, baking powder and salt. Throw in mint chocolate chips and mix them evenly through the dough. Roll it out into balls and bake for 10 minutes.
2. Mint julep
Chop ½ cup fresh mint leaves and mix in with 2 cups of water and some sugar. Boil on the stove until the sugar dissolves. Strain the syrup and let it cool. Pour a quantity of the syrup into a glass with crushed ice, add in some bourbon and serve with sprig of mint.
3. Mint iced tea
Boil a quart of water. Turn the heat off and stir in a cup of white sugar. Place 5 regular teabags and 1 peppermint tea bag in the water and let it soak for 30 minutes. Stir in ¼ cup of lemonade concentrate. Discard the teabags and serve with ice.
4. Mint and lavender tea
Heat 4 cups of water in a pot. When the water comes to a boil, drop a cup of fresh mint leaves and ¼ cup of fresh lavender petals in it. Turn the heat off and leave the pot covered, allowing the leaves and petals to steep in the water. Strain them out after 15 minutes and serve hot.
5. Mint ice
Find an ice cube tray and place 2 mint leaves in each cell. Pour boiling water into them and let it stand for a few minutes. Put the tray in the freezer. These mint ice cubes should make any kind of cold drink a bit more interesting.
6. Mint mojito coffee
Heat a cup of whole milk. When it’s warmed up, add in ⅓ cup of coarsely ground coffee, ¼ cup of sugar and 20 crushed mint leaves. Whisk ½ cup of brown sugar and 6 egg yolks in a bowl, while adding some of the hot coffee-milk mixture. Pour it back into the pot with the coffee and milk and heat until it begins to thicken. Whisk a cup of the whipping cream into the mixture and add ⅓ cup of rum and ⅓ cup of chopped chocolate pieces. Freeze the mixture in cups and serve.
7. Mint lemonade
Squeeze 7 lemons into a pitcher and add 3 cups of water. Stir in ½ cup confectioner’s sugar and a bunch of crushed mint leaves. Stir enough to dissolve the sugar and serve chilled.
8. Mint tea punch
Boil 3 cups of water and put 4 teabags and 20 mint leaves in it. Throw the teabags away after they steep in the water for 10 minutes. Strain the water to remove the mint leaves. Add in ¼ cup of lemon juice and 1 cup orange juice and ¼ cup of sugar and stir. Add ice cubes and serve chilled with slices of orange.
9. Cucumber mint water
Put ¼ cup mint leaves and 2 tablespoons of sugar into a pot and pour in cup of boiling water. Steep the mint in the water for 15 minutes. Purée 1 pound of cucumber in a blender and squeeze the liquid out. Mix it in with the mint water. Squeeze in some lemon juice and serve chilled with slices of cucumber.
10. Mint vodka
Port 2 oz. blueberry vodka in a glass and add ½ oz. freshly squeezed lemon juice. Top the glass up with sparkling water, fresh mint leaves and a teaspoon of sugar. Stir and serve.
All these recipes benefit from the exquisite taste and flavor of mint. You do need to make sure that you use the right quantity, though. Mint can easily overpower if you use too much of it. What’s your favorite way to use mint?