There’s snow on the hills around us, but it won’t snow in town. We get the view, along with the icy cold wind, and the rain, and the sleet, and … and the cozy log fire, warm drinks and hot foods. Winter isn’t all bad.
So when Nimmi Afzal brough her Orange Mint Summer Drink to last Fiesta Friday, my first reaction was Here’s another idea to save for summer. It had a couple of oranges and a big handful of real mint and crushed ice. It looked great, and probably tastes great … in summer.
But we have oranges, and we have lemon balm in the garden, a type of mint, and we have hot water. So we can make a warming winter drink from her lovely summer thirst quencher. Lemon balm has a much milder taste than normal mint, so we’ve bruised it then infused it in boiling water first to help extract the flavours without the .. ahem … roughage of the leaves. Normal people would call this making lemon balm tea. Here’s the result.
A summer's winter drink: orange and lemon balm
- 1 orange
- 1 teapot and some boiling water
- lots and lots of fresh lemon balm (as much as you can stuff into the teapot
- Make some lemon balm tea: bruise the lemon balm leaves (or just chop it roughly) first to help release the flavour. Let the tea brew for quite a while.
- Juice the orange and add the lemon balm tea, straining out any stray extra lemon balm visitors.
With two ingredients, three if you count the water, it barely qualifies as a recipe. But it’s worth adding to my kitchen notebook, and so it’s in.