Mint to Be

Donna Spencer- Island Jane Magazine

The arrival of July puts us smack dab in the middle of summer. Although the thermostat reads way above ninety degrees, it’s time to “chill”; taking each day as it comes, relaxing, and having fun in the process. I love this time of year, when the temperature of the water exceeds eighty degrees, and I can pretend the ocean is my very own personal bathtub. This tropical luxury renders the sweltering heat bearable–even on the hottest days.

Long, hot, summer days were meant to be enjoyed (by the pool or on the ocean) with a long, cold drink in hand. Regardless of how you spend your summer days, it’s easy to work up a bone-dry thirst in this climate. Other than water, one of the healthiest and most refreshing ways to quench that thirst is with mint.

Benefits of Mint:

  • Soothes the digestive system
  • Eases asthma and bronchial problems
  • Stimulating and invigorating when added to baths
  • Freshens the mouth & breath
  • Tasty in sauces and jelly
  • Deters rodents (mice and rats)

The mint plant is native to Africa, Asia, and Europe. Maghrebi mint tea, which is a traditional drink of northwest Africa, is made with spearmint leaves and sugar. An iced version of the tea is served in Spain during the summer months. Luckily, you don’t have to travel to Spain to reap the benefits of this drink. We have our own tasty versions of refreshing mint beverages here in the Keys. Below are two recipes just “mint” to quench your summertime thirst!

Mint Julep Iced Tea
Ingredients:
1 cup white sugar
1 cup water
4 tea bags
½ cup chopped fresh mint
2 quarts cold water
1 cup orange juice
6 tablespoons lemon juice
Kentucky bourbon  (optional)

Bring sugar and 1 cup water to a boil in a small saucepan, stirring until sugar dissolves (about 5 minutes). Add tea bags and mint to sugar mixture and let steep for 10 minutes. Strain mixture, discarding tea bags and mint. Combine tea mixture, cold water, orange juice, and lemon juice in a pitcher.

Mint Tea Punch
Ingredients:
3 cups boiling water
12 sprigs fresh mint
4 tea bags
1 cup white sugar
1 cup orange juice
¼ cup lemon juice
5 cups cold water
3 orange slices for garnish (optional)
3 lemon slices for garnish (optional)

Place the tea bags and mint sprigs into a large pitcher. Pour boiling water over them, and allow them to steep for about 8 minutes. Remove and discard the tea bags and mint leaves, squeezing out excess liquid. Stir in sugar until dissolved. Stir in the orange juice and lemon juice. Pour in the cold water. Serve over ice cubes, garnished with orange or lemon slices.

Green mint leaves isolated on white background

References:

www.foodnetwork.com

www.allrecipes.com

www.en.m.wikipedia.org

This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. It is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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Donna is the owner of Angelic Moon Holistic Day Spa/APOTHECARY on Cudjoe Key. Angelic Moon is the only green-certified Holistic day spa in the Florida Keys. It is also home to “APOTHECARY: Herbs, Oils, Tinctures and More…” Angelic Moon has been coined “A Haven for Healing”. In other words this is the place where YOUR individual physical and spiritual Wellness is the focus, and where custom-blended treatments and products reflect that. Angelic Moon Holistic Day Spa/APOTHECARY Mile Marker 23 – Spanish Main Drive Call (305)745-9979

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