A guest post from Holly:
Refreshing, healthy and fresh drinks – so easy to drink. Fruit compliments of Brewers Organics! I am also offering a great drink recipe for those of you who don’t know what to do with the mint growing in your yards and gardens!
Mango Peach Smoothie
4 ripe mangoes – peeled
4 large ripe peaches – peeled
Slice and put in the blender with ice.
Mint Lime Cooler
This recipe combines two flavors that are particularly noted for their cooling, thirst-quenching qualities: lime and mint.
Serve in frosted mugs with plenty of ice, and a sprig of mint leaves floating around for show.
5 sprigs fresh spearmint, each about 10 inches long
3-4 quarts water
Juice of 5 limes (about 2/3 cup)
1 tbs fresh lemon juice
1 ¾ cups sugar
1/8 tsp granulated ale yeast (also ¼ cup lukewarm water)
1. Place mint sprigs in a Mason jar or in a pan. Pour in 2 quarts of boiling water, cover and allow to steep for 1 hour.
2. Put 1 quart of water into a glass jug, then add the lime juice and lemon juice
3. Remove mint from its water. Stir sugar into the minty water, continuing to stir until sugar is dissolved
4. Add this liquid to the liquid in the jug. Top off jug with water of the appropriate temperature to make overall jug contents lukewarm. Leave a little room at the top for the yeast water.
5. Put ½ cup lukewarm water into a teacup, then add the granulated ale yeast. Add to jug, cap and invert to mix.
6. Bottle, then store in a dark place.
7. With its fairly high concentration of citrus juices, this beverage will take longer than most to carbonate – about 5-7 days is typical. When carbonation is right, refrigerate.