making a mint

We planted seedlings today—bell peppers, jalapenos, carrots, and broccoli. This required clearing out the garden, which had been taken over in late April by the usual forest of mint:

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Usually we just toss extra mint, since it’s a pain to do anything with, but this year I decided I’d try making a gigantic quantity of mint simple syrup for use in future ice cream, mojitos, sodas, &c. I harvested four cups of leaves, mixed them with 2 2/3 cups each of sugar and water, boiled them for a few minutes, and ended up with a bowl of what looks like raw sewage:

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It tastes great, although I think it could stand probably half again as much mint. Unfortunately, I have at least that much to go…

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