Nov 122014

Mint Green Hot Toddy

This started out as a failed experiment with a green tea mojito. Yeah, no.

But I love these flavors — green tea, fresh mint, lime — and was determined to make them work together in some sort of easy, spirited recipe. Then this rather early cold front blew in, and I thought, “hot toddy!” Using light rum instead of whiskey proved to be a winning combination. That tropical hit of rum somehow elevates the mint and lime and then fades into the boozy background. The result is bright and aromatic — and perfect for cold weather.

Recipe: Mint Green Hot Toddy

5 fresh mint leaves
2 lime wedges (about 1/4 a lime in total)
1 ounce light rum
1 green tea bag (I used Numi organic Gunpower Green)
1 tablespoon honey, or to taste

In a mug, lightly muddle the mint leaves and lime wedges. You want to bring out the mint oils, not pulverize the leaves to bits. Add the rum and honey. Add the tea bag, then pour hot water into the mug to fill. Let steep two or three minutes, then remove tea bag. You can strain this into a new mug, if you like — leaving the mint leaves and lime wedges behind. Or you can just sip “as is,” like I tend to… Makes 1.

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