Cool Down with Iced Drinks: Peppermint Slush

This refreshing concoction is made just like you’d make a granita. The icy texture and the coolness of the mint are very welcome on a hot day. You can substitute other types of mint, such as spearmint or chocolate mint, and vary the amount of sweetener. SERVES 4

• 4 cups boiling water
• 1/4 cup loose dried peppermint
• 1/4 cup sugar or to taste
• Fresh peppermint, for garnish

1.Pour boiling water over peppermint and cover. Let steep for 5 minutes. Strain and add sugar. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Pour mixture into a shallow baking pan.

2.Freeze mixture for 30 minutes and then break up partially frozen mixture with a fork. Return to freezer for another 30 minutes then break up mixture again. Repeat this process twice more.

3.To serve, scrape pieces with a fork into four wide glasses. Top each serving with some fresh peppermint.

Nanette Blanchard is a freelance food writer who tries to keep cool in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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