Of all the herbs, mint may be my favorite and I’m honestly not sure why. While I like the taste, I’m certainly not obsessed with it. However, give me mint chocolate chip ice cream or some other sort of mint and chocolate combination and I’m all over it. I think what I like most about mint is the way it looks. When it comes to garnishing a cocktail, a bowl of fruit, or some other scrumptious concoction, mint always delivers.
As you all know, this past year I’ve teamed up with Glade® to share ideas for creating the #bestfeelings in the world. And with temperatures on the rise and lots of mint planted, today I thought I’d explore this wonderful herb and create a fun little float for summertime porch sipping!
For this particular recipe, I’ll be using pineapple mint, which tops my list not only for its flavor, but its gorgeous variegated leaves as well. You seriously need this in your garden ASAP.
This fun little float combines so many refreshing flavors. In addition to the mint, the lime and soda make this drink so refreshing while the ginger simple syrup adds a bright little bite.
Even though this recipe is alcohol-free, you could easily turn it into a cocktail with the addition of a little citrus vodka. I think it also could work as a delicious punch. Gotta love that!
However, today I just mixed up a couple for a cozy chat on the porch with a friend. Paired with Glade®‘s new Live Loud™ fragrance from their Limited Edition Spring Collection, I have the perfect recipe for a relaxing afternoon. (You can learn how to make the adorable gold-dipped mason jar vase here.)
Let me show you how to make this delicious float.
Here's what you will need (for four floats):
1 cup water
1 2 1/2 inch piece fresh ginger (peeled and sliced)
3/4 cup sugar
8 lime wedges
4 springs mint (I prefer pineapple mint), julienned
1 cup lime sherbet
2 cups club soda, chilled
Begin by making the ginger syrup. In a blender, combine the water and ginger; then blend until pureed. Transfer this mixture to a small saucepan. Stir in the sugar. Bring the mixture to a boil then reduce the heat to a simmer. Heat for about 10 minutes or until the mixture starts to thicken slightly. Cool completely
For each float, pour about 1/4 cup of the ginger syrup into a glass. Squeeze in two lime wedges and then put the wedges in the glass. Add a pinch of the julienned mint. Then muddle. Fill the glass about 3/4 full with club soda. Add one or two scoops (about 1/4 cup) of lime sherbet. Garnish with a sprig of mint.
That’s it, friends! A delicious and easy summer refresher!What drinks or cocktails do you sip on in the summer? Share your thoughts with Glade® on Facebook and Twitter using #bestfeelings and / or leave a comment below.
This post was created as part of my collaboration with Glade. As always, the thoughts and ideas are my own.