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2X4: Four Fresh Ways To Use Mint

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Jessica
06.21.12

Mint is good for more than just juleps! With one potted plant, you can make ice cream, mix potpourri and even repel rodents. How else will you use mint?

1) Make Ice Cream. For the perfect homemade sweet treat, make mint ice cream! Mix up the ingredients and gently pour them into your ice cream maker. You’ll end up with a mixture that’s light and slightly icy like sorbet, but as sweet as gelato. Eat it plain or make a mint chocolate sundae with some drizzled fudge.

2) Mix Potpourri. To cover up unwanted smells wafting through your home, fill it with the scent of mint. In a large pot on your stove, combine water and fresh mint sprigs. The amount of spice is up to you – an extra handful of mint means a more potent aroma! Bring your concoction to a boil, and then let it simmer on low for at least two hours. Your home will be perfumed with the scent of mint.

3) Repel Rodents. Rodents can’t stand the smell of mint, so keep them away by bringing mint into your home! Place a few freshly potted plants by your windows, and stuff drawers with peppermint oil-soaked cotton balls. You’ll enjoy the smell just as much as mice detest it! For more mint tricks, read: Mint: Good For Mojitos and Mouse Prevention.

4) Drink Mojitos. For this classic Cuban cocktail, you only need five ingredients: rum, sugar, limejuice, sparkling water and mint. The originally recipe used fresh spearmint, but any fresh mint will do. For one mojito, muddle eight mint leaves. For a twist on the classic, give this Strawberry Mojito a try. And don’t forget to garnish your cocktail with a sprig of mint!

 

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