My friend Jacqueline asked me to join her Summer Solstice party, and I knew I really wanted to attend, even virtually. I was just coming off of a plane from a week of relaxation and the last thing on my mind was jumping into the kitchen. Or cooking. It is true, I had been pampered for a few days with rays of warm sunshine, and incredible meals and I could not even think of slaving over the stove. Then Jackie gave me nibbles about the virtual party, and I was definitely hooked. I had to make time in my trusty kitchen to whip up something to bring and it was a beverage! I knew this Mint Lemmo was the perfect as well as the easy option for this virtual party.
One of the funniest parts (besides being with Jackie) to the Solstice party? We are kicking off summer by sharing a recipe from Yvette van Boven gorgeous book Homemade Summer. There are so many recipes that I am ready to dive into making, that I felt silly when I opted for what is probably the easiest one in the book. That vacation bliss was not letting me enjoy long cooking sessions quite yet. I choose (with a little nudging from Jackie) to make what has become a new favorite in our house, Mint Lemmo. Don’t you just love the name?
I am a huge fan of making simple syrups to have around the house, all year long using seasonally fresh ingredients, and this one is utterly perfect for summer. Light. Minty. Lemony. While it is cooking, pure summer bliss is dancing around the house. You will want to kick off your winter shoes. This concoction is made with fresh mint, lemon slices, sugar, and water. It is lovely on it’s own with bubbly water or stirred into a glass of iced black tea. Bonus it makes divine cocktails too.
Recipe: Mint Lemmo
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1 1/4 cups mint leaves
1 cup sugar
1 1/4 cups water
1 lemon sliced
Put everything into a large saucepan, bring to a boil.
Turn off the heat and let stand for 1 hour.
Strain the syrup, return it to the pan, and bring it to a boil.
Over low heat, let simmer for about 15 minutes until it is syrupy.
Pour it into a very clean bottle.
Put it in the fridge, and it will keep for months.
Be sure to check out Jackie’s wonderful Summer Solstice Party post on June 28th, and if you would like to be part of the party send Jackie a link to your post by June 26th:
Summer Solstice – Jacqueline Church
Mint Lemmo is a playful way to welcome summer!