Sea Buckthorn Berry, Apple, and Mint Drink

Cool down in the August heat with the crisp taste of sea buckthorn berry juice over ice.


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Relax on the patio with a cold and refreshing fruity beverage — and use up some of the mint in your garden as well! Yield: 1 cup.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup sea buckthorn berry juice, chilled
  • 1/4 cup Mint Syrup, chilled
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened apple juice, chilled

Directions

  1. Place all ingredients in a glass over crushed ice, and stir to combine.
  2. Taste, and add more mint syrup, if desired.

Mint Syrup:

Yield: About 3 cups.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves, washed
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar or honey

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, combine mint leaves and lemon juice. Crush the mixture using a pestle. Add sugar, and continue crushing and mixing until the leaves begin to break down.
  2. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  3. The next day, pour 2-1/2 cups boiling water over the mixture. Cover and refrigerate for at least 12 hours.
  4. Strain the syrup through a fine mesh sieve into a small saucepan. Simmer over low heat for 5 minutes, then pour into sterilized bottles, and seal.
  5. Syrup will keep in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

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Sheryl Normandeau is a Master Gardener and writer from Calgary, Alberta. She grows mostly vegetables, but also plants perennial flowers, and always has a few projects in the works. Read more about her pursuits at Flowery Prose.





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