We have a serious overgrowth of mint in the backyard right now.
20 still-green tomatoes, a few hot peppers, one giant bell, some very delicate Thai basil, and one mint plant that’s about to take over the entire yard.
So I’ve been putting that stuff in everything.
And finally in my fragile, somewhat delusional yet decidedly untoxicated state, I decided to try a fake cocktail drink.
I found the recipe here:
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 4 mint sprigs
- 3 Tablespoons lime or lemon juice
- 1/2 cup club soda
- 2 dashes Angostura Bitters
I picked up some lime seltzer water and whipped out the box of once-used powdered sugar I bought last winter when I thought I desperately needed some homemade fudge to go with a chocolate stout. And I skipped the bitters because why the hell would you waste money on bitters for a nonalcoholic drink?
Add mint, lime juice, and sugar to the bottom of glass. Crush with muddler. Add remaining ingredients and stir.
Sounds simple enough, right?
The lime/soda combo tasted like nothing, the sugar was overwhelming and I couldn’t taste enough of the mint. Oh, and there was no booze in it. Which is the #1 reason why mocktails can suck it.
Anyway, I have plenty more mint to play around with, so if you want to give me some guidance (that doesn’t include “yeah pour some rum in it! lol!!1!”), I’m willing to try again.
How about a haiku then?
Five more months seems like
a long time to wait for a
Postscript: …not to mention it will be December.