In keeping with the tradition of polar vortex #1 and polar vortex #2, here’s how my windowsill mint plant is looking as the third polar vortex of the winter has us in its grip: 

A Polar Vortex Mojito

Having a windowsill herb garden in my kitchen has been a huge sanity-saver this winter.  I love that I have had something green growing through all of the cold and snow.

It’s been a tough winter, even by Minnesota standards.  We’re all getting a little bit weary of the relentless cold and desperately hoping that March is kinder and gentler than its predecessors.  Maybe it’s the residual effect of soaking up the sun in Mexico last week, or maybe it’s just my deep hope and longing for spring’s eventual arrival, but I’m bound and determine to find the positive in our latest stretch of negative temperatures.  So far I’ve come up with the following list:

  1. This polar vortex isn’t quite so bad, so our low temps are only in the teens below zero (instead of the twenty-somethings)
  2. The sun is noticeably more powerful these days, cleaning off snowy surfaces despite the bitter cold
  3. There is now daylight until 6 p.m.
  4. We’re only a couple of days away from the first day of meteorological spring
  5. There are only a few more weeks until seed starting begins

So take comfort, fellow Minnesotans: spring IS starting to make itself known.

A  Polar Vortex Mojito | Sweet Domesticity

But what is one to do in the meantime, when you’re stuck in another polar vortex with a plethora of fresh mint?

Make mojitos, of course!

In the bottom of your glass (or half pint mason jar, because every garden cocktail is better in a mason jar), muddle a dozen or so fresh mint leaves with a generous teaspoon of sugar and the juice from a lime wedge.  Add some ice, a shot of white rum, and top it off with club soda.

A Polar Vortex Mojito | Sweet Domesticity

And then raise your glass to the warmer gardening days ahead.  They are coming, I promise.

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2 Responses to A Polar Vortex Mojito

  1. Wendy says:

    I totally feel your pain. This winter has been brutal here too! I’m keeping my fingers crossed for an early spring to help make up for it (and last years flood here).
    Enjoy your mojito(s)!

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