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GRAPEFRUIT MINT LEMONADE AND IN THE GARDEN

This was such a refreshing delicious lemonade.  I had gone to our local Nursery to buy my Basil Plants for the summer.  The owner was in the process of cutting back a large Grapefruit Mint Plant, and gifted me with the cuttings.  I had never heard of Grapefruit Mint before, have you?

The flavor of this mint is unique, with a subtle grapefruit hint, not overpowering, and much tastier than regular mint in my opinion.  This lemonade was so tasty, I have to get back to the nursery to buy the plant.  Rather than plant it in the garden, I will plant it in a large pot as my lemon balm and regular mint are taking over the gardens!

I love using fresh herbs in iced beverages like this one and like my Iced Lemon/Mint Tea.

2 cups fresh grapefruit mint leaves (fairly packed down) (lemon balm would be delicious too)

7 cups of boiling water

1 cup of freshly squeezed organic lemon juice

10 Tblsp. Agave Nectar

Add the fresh grapefruit mint leaves to a large pitcher, pouring in the water, allowing to steep 30-40 minutes.

Strain the leaves out of the tea, add in the fresh lemon juice and Agave Nectar stirring to dissolve.  I used tablespoons to measure for sweetness, as I do not like overly sweet lemonade – this was perfect for me, but if you like it sweeter add more Agave Nectar to suit your tastes.

Pour over ice with a lemon wedge and enjoy! :)

Here is a mini tour of what is happening in the garden right now:

I separated the basil plants to grow in one big container.  I still have some more to plant!

Check this out:  I planted some cauliflower starts – have you ever seen a pink hued cauliflower?  Not sure what kind of cauliflower this is, but it was very sweet and mighty tasty!

Now onto the flowers:

This Blue Delphinium is as tall as I am – 5′8″ – never knew they could grow that tall!

Then the ever growing Cottage Mallow which is almost as tall.  At the far left is an equally tall Rosemary Bush:

Calendula is always bountiful throughout my gardens, a hardy self seeding gem. Mercy…I have a ton of weeding to do!

Campenalla gives such bright color and self seeds as well:

These Purple African Daisy’s overwintered from last year – almost unheard of in my neck of the woods!

And finally a lovely dark pink Cosmos – one of may favorite flowers:

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