Tag Archives: mint

cleansing fresh mint tea

23 Sep

photo (18)Mint is refreshing and cleansing!

Not only does mint have a fantastic smell, it also has boundless beneficial properties like soothing the digestive tract, cleansing the skin, helping remove toxins from the body, freshening breath, and cleansing the blood.

Here’s an easy mint tea recipe using fresh mint leaves that you can place in your fridge for iced tea, or serve hot on cooler days. Your skin, blood, digestion and breath will thank you!

Prep time: 2 minutes Total time: 7 minutes

Ingredients:

  • Two handfuls of fresh mint leaves
  • Coffee grinder or food processor
  • Chemex and filter or a mesh loose leaf tea infuser
  • Water

Directions: 

1. Prep: Bring water to a boil. Rinse your fresh mint leaves. Place them in the grinder, and grind them up.

2. Brew: Place your mint leaves into your Chemex filter or your tea infuser. Pour your water over the leaves (if you are using Chemex, pour in a circular motion – if you are using an infuser, let it brew until the tea reaches a nice light brown color).

3. Drink hot or chilled: In the mood for warm? Sip slowly. In the mood for cold? Remove filter/infuser, and place in your fridge until cool. Serve with lemon wedges, and if you’d like a bit of sweetness add a bit of honey.

homemade fruit soda

14 Jun

64080481_8decafc3baDoes all of this talk about soda leave you feeling thirsty for something more homemade?  Try making a delicious berry spritzer to enliven your taste buds! Here’s how:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of berries
  • 4 cups of seltzer
  • 4 slices of lemon
  • 1 sprig of mint

Directions: 

Rinse your berries, place in a bowl or a tall glass, and smash them up with a muddler or mortar and pestle, until there are no more large pieces. Split berries up evenly into 4 glasses, add seltzer water. Mix it up with a spoon so that the berries mingle with the seltzer, then finish it off with a squeeze of lemon and a few mint leaves. Makes 4 delectable drinks.

Curious to know how to brew your own soda, with roots, yeast and all? Check out this link, a fun food experiment for the whole family!

Photo courtesy of dano

Watermelon agua fresca

4 Jun

Our June table top is dedicated to staying hydrated through out the hot summer months!. We have shared a wonderful watermelon agua fresca recipe care of our friends at Randall’s Island who taught us how to make it last summer at our food & garden camp.  The children loved smashing the watermelon and squeezing it with their hands, although we think they enjoyed drinking the watermelon juice even more!