Having a BBQ or get together? Looking for something different. This Frozen Kiwi Mojito is light, refreshing for a hot day, minty and of course gluten free and vegan. Mojitos go great with any appetizer and are usually a hit with any crowd. Without alcohol, even kids can enjoy them as a delicious fruity smoothie.
One of the key ingredients in any Mojito is fresh mint.
Here in Pennsylvania my mint garden has been blooming since beginning of April. However, If you don't grow your own mint, fresh mint is usually available in most supermarkets.
Fresh Mint is Good For You.
Nutritionally, it has vitamin A, C, B12, thiamine, folic acid and riboflavin. In addition, it has minerals including iron and is packed powerful antioxidants and chlorophyll.
You Can Grow Your Own Mint Very Easily
Mint is ridiculously easy to grow, and once you begin growing mint, you will have an abundant supply forever. It returns every season and spreads. It likes partial sun and humid weather and literally takes no care!
Twenty years ago, I planted a single tiny one twig mint plant, and now every April - well, look at my mint garden, you can see how it has spread and spread. It is worth the small investment and there are so many recipes that call for fresh mint. If you know someone who grows mint, ask them for a shoot or two to plant. If they are like me, they will have plenty to share.
Or grow mint in a large pot on your deck
Or grow mint in a large pot on your deck
How to Make the Frozen Kiwi Mojito
Juice of 2 fresh limes
1/2 cup maple syrup or any sweetener of your choice
optional: 4 ounces of plain white rum (or leave out the alcohol)
1/4-1/2 cup of fresh mint leaves
1 cup fresh kiwi, peeled and cut up
2 cups crushed ice or 1 cup of frozen kiwi and 1 cup crushed ice)
Put all ingredients in the blender and whiz away until well blended.
Serve with a sprig of mint and a slice on kiwi on the rim of the glass.
***For a non-alcoholic drink, leave out the rum.
***Most plain rums are gluten free ; check the ingredients of flavored rums may not be gluten free, so you will have to double check
- I use mint to make hot or as iced mint tea.
- We add mint leaves to homemade lemonade,
- I place a bunch in a vase to enjoy in my kitchen, and
- I use it as a garnish.
- I make a minted carrot salad, zucchini with lemon and mint, and
- omelets with dried mint which are actually sensational.
- I also add some sprigs of fresh mint to my juicer when I am making green juice
- If I am feeling ambitious, I will dry big batches to use in recipes throughout the winter.
- Mint Ice Cubes are great for a party
How to make mint ice cubes
You simply place a sprig of fresh mint in each container of an ice cube tray. Fill with water and freeze. You have a pretty ice cube with fresh mint in the middle.
Another variation for making mint ice cubes is to place about 12 mint stalks in a deep pot or bowl and pour boiling water over and allow to steep until the water brews into a strong mint tea. Remove leaves, allow to cool and then fill the minted tea into an ice cube tray or two. Add a sprig of mint to each compartment if desired and freeze. Mint ice cubes are a nice addition to almost any drink especially lemonade, iced herbal tea or even to a glass of plain water.
How to dry mint:
You can wash and dry mint for future use in omelets, cooking, etc.
It is a simple procedure. Just wash the mint first, place on a rack and leave for about 4-5 days until the leaves turn dark, dry and brittle.( maybe less, depends on the humidity)
Remove the leaves from the stems, place the leaves into a food processor with the metal blade and pulse on and off until the dry leaves become very small. Store in a jar with a tight lid. Will last all winter. Can also keep refrigerated.
|Takes about 4 days to dry; remove leaves from stems and crush or put into small processor|
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