Since it’s summer almost all year round in Los Angeles, the Green Tea Mojito is the perfect cocktail to quench your thirst. This twist on the Cuban classic also incorporates ingredients from your garden or local farmer’s market! As a lover of tea, rum and mint, I make this drink all the time with organic loose leaf green tea and mint leaves from my housemate’s garden.

Total Time: 5 Min Prep

Yield: 1 Drink

Level: Easy

Ingredients:

1/2 lime, juiced

6 large mint leaves

2/3 cup brewed green tea

1 1/2 ounces white rum

1 teaspoon sugar, optional

~5 ice cubes

 

Directions:

1. Our the lime juice into a highball glass

2. Add the mint and crush with a spoon (If using sugar, you may want to muddle the sugar and mint before adding the lime juice)

3. Fill the glass with ice and add tea and rum

4. Stir well and garnish with a mint leaf, if desired.

Facts about Mint Plants:
*Mint plants are native to the Mediterranean and were spread by the Roman Empire
*Historically, mint tea was used to aid digestion and relieve nasal congestion
* For the best leaf production, mint should be planted in full to partial sunlight
*Mint will grow in most types of soil, but thrives best when it is not constantly wet
*Mint has many hybrids including the popular traditional favorites peppermint and spearmint
 
Read more: Facts About Mint Leaves | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/about_6375865_mint-leaves.html#ixzz1qwzFQ93p