11 Things To Do With Fresh Mint

Fresh mint at Happy Simple Living blog

Got mint? Summer may be winding down, but if mint grows in your garden I’m guessing it’s going nuts. You may feel like you’ve got enough mint to feed the entire state of Rhode Island, but fear not — here are some fresh ideas to help you make the most of the harvest.

1. Whip up some mint whipped cream and put a dollop (such a great word, and there aren’t nearly enough opportunities to use it) on strawberry mousse, chocolate cake, cookies and cream ice cream, brownies, hot chocolate, etc.

2. Add a handful of fresh mint to your next batch of pesto — like this.

3. Roll up some of these colorful, mouth-watering Vegetable and Mint Spring Rolls with Peanut Sauce from The Kitchen.

4. Bake a batch of milk chocolate cupcakes with fresh mint frosting – from our friends at the aptly-named blog How Sweet It Is.

5. Take off your shoes and make a batch of Natural Lemony Mint Foot Scrub.

6. Now that your tootsies are happy, make the Barefoot Contessa’s Tabbouleh salad.

Mint mojito at Happy Simple Living blog7. Make a mojito. We love this recipe from Jo Lynne at Musings of a Housewife with a mint-infused syrup that adds an extra punch of flavor. Plus, how often do you get to “muddle” something? Not nearly often enough, if you ask us.

8. Put up some homemade mint jelly. We like this recipe from the cleverly-named site Simply Recipes, which uses Granny Smith apples for natural pectin. Plus it’s a beautiful amber color instead of the typical artificial green. Enjoy a jar at home and give the rest as holiday gifts.

9. Make a batch of Fresh Mint Chocolate Truffles. Oh, yes yes yes. If you have extras, I can easily provide you with my shipping address.

10. Make minted iced tea — like this.

11. Who needs a still in the back yard when you can make homemade hooch in your kitchen? Brew some homemade Creme de Menthe and you’ll be able to make the Pioneer Woman’s Grasshopper Pie whenever a craving hits. It’s good to be prepared, I always say.

Do you have a mass o’ mint this year? If so, what are you doing with it? I’d love to hear your ideas.

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About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of seven books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

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