Cool off the family on a hot summer day with an easy, crisp and totally refreshing Ginger Mint Slushie! Fresh mint syrup adds a touch of sweetness and a crisp flavor of mint. Make a batch of mint sugar syrup to sweeten drinks and dress fruit all summer long!
It seems like the dog days of summer started in Maryland while it was still springtime! There’s nothing like a refreshing, frosty treat to cool off when it’s sweltering outside. Do you grow mint in your garden? Whether you grow your own, can get some from a neighbor’s garden or buy some fresh mint at the grocery store, make up a batch of fresh, mint sugar syrup. It’s super easy to make! Keep it in the fridge and have it on hand for all kinds of fresh summer treats. This syrup makes a wonderful dressing for fresh fruit!
I absolutely love mint! When I was first married, I made a major, big-time mistake. I actually planted mint IN THE GROUND! Yep, it was a gardening faux pas of epic proportions! Oh, we had mint all right – it took over every single square inch of the back yard and probably some of my neighbors, too! I don’t even remember how long it took us to get all of that mint out. There were some pretty impressive “runners;” I’ll bet some were longer than fifteen feet! It was a hard lesson, but we definitely laugh about it now. It did take me a number of years before I could even LOOK at mint again! 🙂
Make the fresh mint syrup by quickly blanching mint leaves and plunging them into ice and cold water. Sugar and water is boiled, and the mint leaves are added. Once the syrup is cool, keep it in a tightly covered jar – a Mason jar is perfect – in the refrigerator. The syrup will last for months and definitely through the summer!
Blend up these refreshing ginger mint slushies with just three ingredients – diet ginger ale, fresh mint syrup and ice! If you like your slushie a little sweeter, you can add more mint syrup or use regular ginger ale. This recipe will make four 8-ounce slushies or a delicious, frosty treat for two, served in pint Mason jars, which is how hubby and I enjoyed them this weekend! I’ll have some other ideas for using mint syrup to share!
I hope everyone had a fantastic holiday weekend! It’s unusual for me not to have shared anything at all last week. We’ve had a lot of stuff going on between home and work, and I think the summer is going to be unusually busy. My summer posting may be a bit off-schedule but I’ll be sharing as much as I can!
I’m always happy for your visit and hope your summer is off to a happy and fun start!
- Fresh Mint Sugar Syrup
- About 40 fresh mint leaves, plus additional for slushie garnish
- 3 cups of water
- ⅔ cup of sugar
- Ginger Mint Slushie
- 6-8 tablespoons fresh mint sugar syrup
- 2 cups diet ginger ale
- 6-8 ice cubes, plus more if needed
- Wash and dry mint leaves.
- Prepare a bowl with water and ice.
- Bring one cup of water to a boil in a small saucepan and blanch the mint leaves for about 20 seconds.
- Remove mint leaves from boiling water and immerse them in ice water. Don’t discard the boiling water!
- Add ⅔ cup sugar to the water used to blanch the mint leaves.
- Stir to make sure all sugar is dissolved.
- Bring water to a boil and cook for 2 minutes. Remove from heat.
- Drain and thoroughly dry mint leaves to remove all water.
- Chop the mint leaves and add to the boiled sugar water.
- Cool mint liquid; pour syrup in a tightly covered jar and refrigerate.
- Ginger Mint Slushie
- In a blender, add 6-8 tablespoons of fresh mint syrup, including mint leaves.
- Add 2 cups of ginger ale and about 6 ice cubes. Blend on high speed.
- Taste and add additional syrup, if desired. If mixture is not thick and slushy, add additional ice cubes and blend until thick, icy and slushy.
- Pour into glasses or pint-sized Mason jars; garnish with a mint leaf.
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