When I stopped to see my grandaughters recently, Coco (age 10) asked very politely if I would like some mint tea. Now I though she was talking about a new, canned drink designed for hot weather. Feeling a bit parched on the sunny, spring day, I happily accepted.
She headed out the back door and a minute later returned with a handful of fresh mint.
Following the Recipe
After rinsing the leaves under the faucet, she put them in a glass of water along with a lemon slices. By golly, I was about to have an honest-to-goodness minty drink. She called it Coco’s Spring Surprise and showed me the recipe written with a green sharpie.
Getting It Just Right
Coco told me the drink had to brew awhile and ran off to play with her sisters. Later, when I inquired about the promised refreshment, she stopped what she was doing, went back the house, and brought me Coco’s Spring Surprise.
I was about to reach out for it, when she abruptly retracted the glass, dashed back inside to add the ice and honey. I was thinking she might over-sweeten the concoction (she had just bitten the head and tail off a leftover Easter bunny), so I was pleased that it was just right for me. The addition of a metal straw kept the drink cool from glass to lips.
Hmm. . . A Business in the Making?
I’m thinking Coco and I could team up and bottle this drink with little cost. Water and ice are easy enough. Mint is prolific, often taking over a flowerbed. I have a friend who has thousands of honey bees. Hmm. . . lemons. Those are so doggone pricey these days (I paid $1.49 for one large lemon recently!) But Robin and Lucy both have happy lemon trees, so that’s a possibility.
The label design would be easy since Coco is quite artistic. Finding a container might be the biggest cost and the drink definitely needs the addition of a metal straw.
I think we have a winner here. Move over Coca-Cola, there a new drink in town.