So I was cleaning out my fridge this afternoon and am about to go to a local Thai restaurant http://www.sukhothainy.net/ which serves up delicious curry and pad thai like no other. Their steamed dumplings are just as divine as their hand-rolled spring rolls. But before I would reward myself of said Sunday early dinner, I just had to empty the refrigerator of forgotten food.
And what did I find? Mint – two packages I had meant to use at the Kentucky Derby party I never had nor went to… but that doesn’t mean that the fresh mint I bought from the grocery store is a goner for sure.
How To Root Fresh Mint – even store-bought mint:
In fact did you know that fresh mint is one of the easiest of herbs to root in water?
I found a fun empty soda bottle which was already cleaned, added fresh water, and after clipping several mint leaves into a large pitcher, I took the remaining stems with picked off leaves and all. Clipped their bottom stems jut a bit and put them into water to root inside the soda bottles.
In one case as you see in the photo, I reused my soda bottles which are now currently rooting rex begonia leaves, and the other couple of bottles are bottles I created using stained-glass faux-paint. Within one short week, I should start seeing roots from the fresh cut sprigs of mints.
Now where to put them in your yard? The mint plants are wonderful at keeping bugs at bay, and be warned that mint can be agressive as it likes to stretch it’s wings and spread. You can limit where it spreads by planting the mint in containers which are then placed into the ground. This will prevent some of its runners – very much like strawberries, from finding new spots to grow new plants.
I welcome this herb into my garden, as it is one of the few fresh perennial herbs I have yet to put in. But remember, I only moved here a few months ago – so a good chef’ garden takes time to mature – heck knows I have every flower plant under the sun it seams.
So now you want to make fresh mojitos! This is my fun version – enough for four servings. You can obviously adjust the amount of alcohol.
- 1 cup fresh mint leaves
- juice of four (4) fresh squeezed limes
- zest of four limes
- 2 cups of lime-flavored seltzer water
- 1/4 cup of raw sugar. – Or 3 tablespoons of honey mixed in with the lime juice, then added to the drink.
- four ounces of white rum
- wooden spoon or muttle spoon
I grabbed my pitcher, placed the mint leaves, tore a few up, etc. Then added the sugar, grated the zest, then sliced the limes in half. By using a fork, I squeezed out the fresh limes right over the mouth of the pitcher, Then cut the halves of limes once more (into quarters) and placed them inside the pitcher along with everything else except for the rum and seltzer water.
Then using a mottle or the back of a wooden spoon – or if you have an old wooden potato masher, that works great too. Muddle the mixture for three minutes 0 You are trying to break down the oils in the leaves of the mint with using the sugar as a breaking down agent along with the pieces of lime. Then add the rum, then stir. Then add half of the seltzer. It’s ready to serve up!