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A Dozen Things to Do with Fresh Mint

Mint has taken over my garden and the edge of my back yard, popping up fresh greenery that makes the lawn smell like chewing gum each time it’s mowed. We make our share of mojitos, but a handful of fresh mint does well in a myriad of dishes – from infusing cream to churn into ice cream to marinades or a pot of fresh mint tea, here are a dozen ways to make use of that lovely, summery green stuff.

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  • Make mint ice cream. 1 of 12
    Make mint ice cream.
    Bring heavy cream to a simmer with a handful of fresh mint; remove from heat to steep, then strain and use in your favorite recipe. Or the
    Family Kitchen has a recipe!
  • Make mint lemonade. 2 of 12
    Make mint lemonade.
    A handful of fresh mint in a pitcher of fresh lemonade is a Very Good Thing. Add it to your own recipe, or
    Family Kitchen has one!
  • Quinoa with Charred Corn, Scallions, Browned Butter and Mint 3 of 12
    Quinoa with Charred Corn, Scallions, Browned Butter and Mint
    This salad of sorts makes a fantastic summer side dish, with corn in season and a handful of chopped fresh mint. Add as much as you like - be generous!
    Dinner with Julie has the recipe!
  • Make Mint Ginger Chicken Kabobs with Spicy Raita 4 of 12
    Make Mint Ginger Chicken Kabobs with Spicy Raita
    Fresh mint makes a lovely marinade for chicken kabobs on the grill.
    Dinner with Julie has the recipe!
  • Keep a bunch on the countertop. 5 of 12
    Keep a bunch on the countertop.
    A bunch of freshly picked sprigs will keep for ages in a glass or jar of water - a great (and inexpensive) way to have fresh greenery - and a lovely smelling kitchen - all summer long!
  • Add fresh leaves to ginger ale. 6 of 12
    Add fresh leaves to ginger ale.
    Fresh mint adds a new flavor dimension to sparkling ginger ale - a simple summer sipper with next to no effort! Photo credit:
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  • Make mint sugar to sprinkle over strawberries. 7 of 12
    Make mint sugar to sprinkle over strawberries.
    Blitz a few sprigs of mint with plain white sugar in a food processor to blend, then sprinkle over sliced strawberries or fruit salad. Photo credit:
    Stock Xchng
  • Make a fresh mint pesto. 8 of 12
    Make a fresh mint pesto.
    Mint pesto is delicious atop grilled lamb chops or souvlaki skewers.
    Guy Fieri has the recipe! Photo credit:
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  • Garnish cakes and other desserts. 9 of 12
    Garnish cakes and other desserts.
    A few sprigs of fresh mint look beautiful atop a cake, particularly with fresh berries. Photo credit:
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  • Make a Vietnamese chicken and mint salad. 10 of 12
    Make a Vietnamese chicken and mint salad.
    A cooling dinner salad, shredded roast chicken goes so well with fresh mint and other Vietnamese flavors - perfect for a picnic!
    Patent and the Pantry has a recipe!
  • Make a mint simple syrup. 11 of 12
    Make a mint simple syrup.
    Simmer equal parts sugar and water to dissolve, add a handful of fresh mint, remove from the heat and set aside to infuse the syrup with flavor. Use it to sparkling water, prosecco, cocktails, mojitos and iced tea. Photo credit:
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  • Make a mojito. 12 of 12
    Make a mojito.
    Is there a better summer drink when hanging out on the patio with friends?
    AllRecipes has a recipe! Photo credit:
    Stock Xchng

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