Fresh mint brightens, cools, and refreshes everything from salads to cocktails. Now, with more mint varieties and flavors to choose from, the options for mint virtually never end. How to narrow down the choices for using fresh mint leaves? We asked garden and lifestyle expert P. Allen Smith to share his favorite uses for mint, straight from his kitchen.
“There isn’t anything that I can think of that Chocolate Mint doesn’t make better. I add it chopped into chocolate cakes, chocolate cookies, chocolate ice cream, chocolate icing, chocolate mousse, chocolate puddings, chocolate sauce, hot chocolate … the list goes on and on.”
“I like to add Orange Mint to my orange juice at breakfast. Just add the orange mint to a glass, pile in some ice cubes, then pour in the juice for an instantly refreshing, nutritious wake-me-up drink to start the day.”
“Here’s a quick trick for when unexpected company shows up for lunch. I like to use Peppermint to brighten a simple salad. I make the salad with thin strips of Peppermint, lettuce, a quick champagne vinaigrette, dash of salt, and a French baguette — and done.”
“Spearmint is the best choice for mojitos that can make any afternoon feel like I’m on a vacation. All you have to do is bruise the mint leaves lightly with a mortar and pestle or with just your fingers before adding it into drinks.”