Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Double Time: Apple and Mint Punch

I am by far the most boring drink person.  I wake up to coffee, and then drink water. Occasionally I will have milk with cookies or OJ cut with some sparkling water. Maybe fresh brewed tea, hot or cold, no sugar.  

My alcohol drink of choice is red wine. I am just starting to drink beer. I think any mix drink with hard alcohol is foul.  Boring I know.

Lately though I have been struck by all of the pretty drinks out there on Pinterest. Now this is the prettiest drink I have seen - pink is always preferred but this list of ingredients is something I thought I would enjoy without getting a stomachache.  My single beverage list is really because when I branch out I tend not to feel too well after the fact.

What made this drink even better is the fact that I could use my ever growing mint in the garden. It just keeps growing and growing. I got lots of herbs this year.  I used the basil a ton but lavender? mint? I really just have those to look pretty.

After making this pitcher up my hands smelled glorious for hours. I kept asking Mr. J to smell them. I think he was a bit weird-ed out but obliged like the good husband he is. 

Apple and Mint Punch

by Emily Morris
Prep Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients (serves 4)
  • 2 cups water
  • 4 green tea bags
  • 1 1/2 cups 100% apple juice
  • 1 cup Mint Simple Syrup, recipe follows
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (from 1 large lemon)
  • 1 cup sparkling water, chilled
  • Ice
In a small saucepan, bring the water to a boil over medium-high heat.

Turn off the heat, add the tea bags and let steep for 6 minutes. Remove the tea bags and cool the tea to room temperature, about 45 minutes. Pour the cooled tea into a large pitcher.

Add the apple juice, Mint Simple Syrup and lemon juice. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

To serve, add the sparkling water and pour the punch into ice-filled glasses. Garnish with fresh mint sprigs, if desired.
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Mint Simple Syrup
by Emily Morris
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • 1 1/2 cups packed fresh mint leaves
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
Chop mint. In a saucepan bring sugar, water and mint to a boil, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Simmer syrup, undisturbed, 2 minutes. Pour syrup through a fine sieve, pressing hard on solids, and cool. Syrup keeps, covered and chilled for up to 2 weeks.
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  1. Packs a punch my friend, this looks so refreshing :D

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  2. This sounds so refreshing and delicious! I love that you have the mint simple syrup recipe in here too. So many possibilities!

  3. I'm also a very boring drinker. Coffee and water and perhaps a glass of wine from time to time, but this is a drink I could very easily enjoy. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Your drink choices sound remarkably similar to mine, although I prefer white to red wine. This punch looks cool and delicious!

  5. Your drink choices sound much like mine. Except other than in my coffee or cereal, I cannot drink milk. Your punch looks so good and refreshing. I have to pin it so I can make it this weekend. Thanks for sharing:)

  6. Mint, lemon and apple juice! This one sure packs a punch! Cheers E! :)

  7. Oh, this looks so refreshing and tasty! I love all of the ingredients!

  8. Surely this one gives a huge punch, for its taste and variety of flavors.
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