Historical Mint Punch

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Mint is used in many different drinks. This particular combination has been around since the 1800’s. It is associated with James Monroe, the fourth president of the United States, who was credited with developing this drink.

Ingredients and Tools

For this recipe you will need: 1/2 cup water (mineral, spring or distilled), 1/2 cup keylime juice, 1/2 cup mint leaves, 1 cup orange juice, 1 cup grape juice, 1/3 cup sugar and ice. You will also need cooking untensils including: a spoon, pitcher, sauce pan and strainer.

Step One: Heat the water to where you see it start to boil and then remove the pan from the heat. Carefully add the sugar. The water is hot so be careful not to cause a splash. Also add most of the mint leaves. Set aside some of the mint leaves.

Step Two:Stir constantly to make sure that the sugar is completely dissolved. Let this cool.

Step Three: After it has cooled then use the strainer to remove the mint leaves. The straining can be done over the pitcher.

Step Four: Add all of the juice, orange, lime and grape. Stir until thoroughly mixed and then place in the refridgerator.

Step Five: Fill glasses with ice and pour in the punch. This makes about 6 servings with each being 4 ounces.

Here are some tips to add a finished look when serving this drink:

  • Chill the glasses beforehand to get a ‘frosted’ look.
  • Add mint leaves as a garnish.
  • Instead of working with premade juices, make your own with fresh fruit.
  • Try using only half regular water to disolve the sugar. After it has cooled at the other half using sparkling water.

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