Monday, August 10, 2015

Pati Jinich's Lime and Mint Water

Every gathering needs a good drink.  This drink is lightly sweet and tart but sure to satisfy every taste bud.  It's easy to make and a delicious non-alcoholic addition to any party or social event!

I love Mexican food...seriously, it's a hard crush.  Grill me some meat, throw it in a soft tortilla shell and I am in heaven!  I found this recipe in Pati Jinich's new cookbook, Pati's Mexican Table: The Secrets of Real Mexican Home Cooking.  Her cooking is simple, full of flavor, and absolutely delicious.  I've made her refried die for! If you haven't heard of her, she hosts her own show, Pati's Mexican Table, on PBS and is a chef in Washington, D.C. Anyway, this recipe is hers but I added the sugar rim for some added sweetness and sparkle.

Lime and Mint Water
Jinich, Pati, Pati's Mexican Table: The Secrets of Real Mexican Home Cooking.

1 lime, quartered and seeds removed
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (6-7 limes)
6-8 mint leaves
3/4 cup sugar
6 cups water
Ice cubes

Place the lime, lime juice, mint, sugar, and 2 cups of the water in a blender and puree until smooth. Strain the mixture through a sieve into pitcher.  

Return the strained mixture to the blender, add 2 cups more of water, and blend until smooth.  Strain once more into the pitcher and add the last 2 cups of water.  Give it a good stir then place in the fridge to chill.

Wet top edge or rim of glass, dip into mint sugar (recipe below) then carefully add ice and lime mint water into cup.

Mint Sugar
1/2 cup mint leaves
1 cup sugar

Place ingredients into food processor and pulse 3-4 times to combine and release the peppermint's natural oils.  Place in an air tight container until ready to use.

What's your favorite drink to serve?