Eating: Mojitos

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

What do you do when you have a planting of mint getting out of control, a hot summer evening, and a couple of cheerful friends?…

 

Peppermint

Peppermint

You make mojitos!

 

Mojitos

Mojitos

Mint is an essential component of mojitos and, finding that I have a good-sized amount of it for the first time in almost a decade, I thought a mojito would be a good way to celebrate one of my favorite herbs.

Sugar frosts the rim of our friend's pretty glass.

Sugar frosts the rim of our friend's pretty glass.

Mojito Recipe

(makes one drink) 

  • Stir 2 teaspoons of lime juice with 2 teaspoons of sugar in a glass until sugar dissolves.
  • To the glass, add about a 1/4 cup of crushed ice and 6-8 sprigs of torn mint leaves.  Muddle together for a few seconds.
  • Add 1 ounce of white rum, about a cup of more ice, a splash of club soda, and stir gently.
  • Pour into a glass to which you’ve sugared the rim (rub lime juice along the top edge of the glass and swirl in a plate of sugar).
  • Drink carefully – they sneak up on you!

I’m so delighted to be able to grow mint again.  When I lived in Texas I used to grind my teeth whenever I’d hear some garden expert warning us about the invasiveness of mint when it took all my skill just to keep a sprig alive through the baking hot summers!  To my Texan friends who are still trying to grow it, my best suggestion is to plant it where it gets shade from the afternoon sun, mulch it really well with a bark mulch or compost, and keep it well watered.  For those of you who are fortunate to live in a climate where mint becomes invasive…well, what can I tell you that you haven’t already heard?  Mint likes a moist, rich soil and full sun, although it can handle a part sun situation with little diminished capacity.  I topdress it with a little compost at the beginning of the year and that’s all it requires for nutrients.

Mint, to me, is the quintessential herb of summer – I lift my glass to it!

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Sunday, June 27th, 2010
The big change is the bamboo supports for the tomatoes, tomatillos, and lemon cucumber.

The big change is the bamboo supports for the tomatoes, tomatillos, and lemon cucumber.

Wired Gardening

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

Oh joy! oh bliss!…a favorite writer in a favorite magazine on a favorite topic!  Check out Dominique Browning writing in Wired on gardening (or, as she calls it “domestic terraforming”).  I wholeheartedly agree with the first sentence!

Whole article can be found here.