I love mint, I always have and I hope I always will. I remember one time whilst I was still at university my friends and I took a trip to Bulgaria during our summer break. It was unbelievably hot and stuffy despite the gentle breeze coming off from the sea. I spent the entire two weeks drinking frozen water with an added mint liqueur (honestly not due to the alcohol content but because of the taste); there was no such thing as a mint flavouring anywhere around at the time and the idea of making a fresh mint tea each and every morning wasn’t really an option either… I have a ton of great memorises connected to the mint flavour… anyways… instead of infusing just pure water, I decided to infuse a fresh brewed mint tea.
- 1 large bunch of fresh mint
- 1l water
- ½ lemon (un-waxed)
- ½ orange (un-waxed)
- 2 slices of pineapple
- Crushed ice (optional)
Carefully wash your lemon and orange; cut them in half and put one half aside for a moment, then slice the other half of each fruit. Peal your pineapple and cut out two thick slices.
Wash and roughly tear the mint and place it in a large pitcher.
Boil a litre of water and pour over mint.
Allow it to cool for 15-20 minutes, then add the sliced fruits (being lemon, orange and pineapple).
Put aside (or pop into the fridge) and allow to infuse for a few hours.
Serve over crushed ice with slice of lemon and orange on the side.
Depending on the type of mint you have used you will get a different colour in your final drink. Peppermint will produce a light green colour, whilst use of lemon mint (which I used here) will resolve in more yellow one.
I’ve never use chocolate mint before but I hope to find it in a store one day. I don’t suppose it will give me a chocolate coloured drink but I would hope for a slight hint of chocolate at least.
I hope you will like my creation it as much as I do.