Hand this mint-rosemary-lime cooler to your guests or your family on a sweltering summer day, and they’ll thank you forever. Don’t tell them it contains no sugar and is sweetened with zero-glycemic-index stevia. Some of my friends claim stevia is bitter, but the lime juice in this drink masks any bitterness in the stevia. It’s sweet, tart and absolutely refreshing.
I buy organic limes when they’re on sale, and then squeeze out all the juice using my $10 electric juicer. I store the fresh lime juice in a glass storage container in the freezer, so I have a supply of fresh-ish lime juice any time of the year.
I make seltzer at home using a seltzer machine, which is much cheaper and more environmentally sensitive than lugging home bottles of seltzer from the supermarket. You’ll need fresh mint and fresh rosemary for this drink. You can find both in the produce section of your supermarket year-round.
I grow mint and rosemary in my garden, but I often I buy greenhouse grown mint and rosemary plants as soon as they appear in supermarkets in late winter or early spring. That way, I have a supply of fresh mint and rosemary long before the plants in my garden revive themselves for the summer. Fresh rosemary adds a dry note to the more traditional mint-lime flavor combination.
Muddle the fresh herbs in the bottom of a tall glass, add ice, seltzer, stevia and fresh lime juice, swirl, and drink. Ahhhhhh. Nothing better on a hot summer day.
Mint Rosemary Lime Cooler
Make a pitcher of this mint-rosemary-lime cooler on a hot summer day. It contains no sugar, so drink up!
- 8 ounces seltzer
- 1/8 teaspoon liquid stevia, to taste
- 2 tablespoons fresh or frozen lime juice
- 1-2 tablespoons fresh mint leaves, plus a sprig of mint for garnish
- 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves
- Ice made from filtered water
Wash the mint and rosemary leaves and pat them dry with a kitchen towel.
Put the herbs in the bottom of a tall glass and muddle the leaves with a wooden spoon.
Fill the glass 3/4 full with ice.
Pour in the lime juice, stevia and seltzer.
Stir, garnish with the sprig of mint, and serve.
This recipe makes one glass. If you're making a pitcher of this drink, use 32 ounces of seltzer, 1/2 cup fresh lime juice, 1/3-1/2 cup fresh mint and rosemary leaves and 1 teaspoon of liquid stevia (to taste), plus a lot of ice. Make sure to muddle the mint and rosemary with a wooden spoon in the bottom of the pitcher before adding the other ingredients.
Place mint, rosemary, stevia and lime juice in the bottom of a pitcher.
Muddle the herbs in the lime juice using a wooden spoon.
Stir in ice and seltzer, pour into a tall glass, garnish with fresh mint, and serve immediately!