The Mint-Chip Smoothie I Love Even More Than Ice Cream

We’ve teamed up with Planet Oat to share the many delicious ways you can enjoy their Oatmilk at home. Here, food writer and recipe developer Posie Brien shares her recipe for a mint-chip smoothie that gets its signature creaminess (no dairy necessary!)…

We’ve teamed up with Planet Oat to share the many delicious ways you can enjoy their Oatmilk at home. Here, food writer and recipe developer Posie Brien shares her recipe for a mint-chip smoothie that gets its signature creaminess (no dairy necessary!) from Oatmilk.


Let’s clear one thing up before we get started: I love ice cream. And not just the way most people do in a casual, summertime sort of way. I eat ice cream year-round and I rarely, if ever, am without at least a few pints in my freezer. Mint chip tops my list of the best flavors—and I’m very particular about it. It should be bracingly minty with a refreshing, cool depth of flavor. It shouldn’t be too cloyingly sweet and should taste like chocolate, with some texture and slight bitterness from the chips.

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Caponata

Let’s make homemade caponata! This classic Sicilian appetizer or side dish is perfect for late summer meals. This recipe combines roasted (not fried) eggplant with sautéed bell…

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caponata with roasted eggplant

Let’s make homemade caponata! This classic Sicilian appetizer or side dish is perfect for late summer meals. This recipe combines roasted (not fried) eggplant with sautéed bell pepper, celery, tomatoes, olives and capers. Red wine vinegar and honey make it irresistibly tangy and sweet. If you generally enjoy these bold flavors, you’re going to love caponata.

Since international travel is largely off the table, I’ve been traveling vicariously through my food. This caponata is the perfect example. I’ve yet to make my way to Sicily to sample authentic caponata, but learning to make this dish has deepened my desire to explore the island. Mark my words, I’ll get there someday.

caponata ingredients

Caponata recipes vary from region to region and household to household. This recipe is where I landed. I took some cooking cues from my ratatouille recipe, which also features roasted eggplant stirred into a simmering tomato sauce. Caponata’s flavors are even deeper and more complex largely due to the intense agrodolce factor, or the interplay between sweet (honey and raisins) and sour (vinegar and capers).

I can’t claim this recipe is entirely authentic, but I hope it offers you a little taste of Sicily.

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Buttermilk Fattoush

One of my very favorite salads is Fattoush. There are various versions of the salad, whose name comes from fatta, which refers to the crumbled or torn pieces of flatbread in the salad. But I’ve never had Fattoush with buttermilk dressing, so was intrigued when I saw a recipe for it in Falastin: A Cookbook by Sami Tamimi and Tara Wigley, a book which eloquently…

One of my very favorite salads is Fattoush. There are various versions of the salad, whose name comes from fatta, which refers to the crumbled or torn pieces of flatbread in the salad. But I’ve never had Fattoush with buttermilk dressing, so was intrigued when I saw a recipe for it in Falastin: A Cookbook by Sami Tamimi and Tara Wigley, a book which eloquently presents and reflects on Palestinean cuisine, its history, its people, and its culture. As soon as I got the book, the first thing I said to myself was, “This is one of the best books of the year.” It’s a great book.

A few years back, Sami told me that he was going to do a cookbook that updated the dishes and recipes of his homeland, making them relevant to today, just as he and Yotam Ottolenghi did for the diaspora of Middle Eastern foods in their previous books. Sami admits that this is a non-traditional Fattoush, one that his mother made, but likes it so much that he wanted to share it.

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Classic Mojito

Finally! I’ve figured out how to make the perfect homemade mojito. Mojitos are bubbly rum cocktails that taste minty-fresh, citrusy and a little sweet. Club soda stretches…

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best mojito recipe

Finally! I’ve figured out how to make the perfect homemade mojito. Mojitos are bubbly rum cocktails that taste minty-fresh, citrusy and a little sweet. Club soda stretches out the flavors to create an afternoon-worthy sipper. Mojitos are ultra refreshing on warm days, and I feel like I’m on vacation every time I get my hands on one.

Mojitos originated in Cuba and I hope to taste a real one someday. We enjoyed Cuban-style mojitos in Miami over a long Valentine’s weekend earlier this year. Mojitos happen to be the only cocktail my husband will drink (he’s usually more of a beer and wine guy). I studied the bartenders’ methods while we were there so I could learn how to make them at home.

At Old’s Havana, they lined up highball glasses all the way down the bar, added a generous spoonful of sugar to each, followed by several sprigs of fresh mint (or yerba buena, as they call it). They mixed the mojitos in the glasses by the order, garnishing them with real sugar cane. I swizzled my drink and swayed to the beat of lively Latin string music playing just a few feet away. I honestly don’t know if it was an authentic or manufactured Miami experience, but it was magical nonetheless.

mojito ingredients

Outside of Miami, great mojitos can be hard to come by. Many bars don’t keep fresh mint on hand so they’ll turn down the request, and my own homemade attempts over the years have been lackluster. Now that I’ve studied and practiced my mojito technique, I’m excited to share my mojito recipe with you today!

Turns out, you just need five basic ingredients (mint, lime, sugar, rum and club soda) and a few simple tips to make the best mojito you’ve ever had. You won’t even need a shaker or simple syrup for this classic mojito recipe. Cheers to a long weekend!

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Limoncello Mojito Cocktail

Here’s the best limoncello cocktail: a Mojito! The lemon liqueur makes a incredibly refreshing drink paired with rum and fresh mint. Got limoncello? This ultra-strong lemon liqueur is often drunk as shots at the end of a meal. But ever tried it as a limoncello cocktail? This Limoncello Mojito is a way to make a uniquely refreshing drink with this famous citrus liqueur! Make it into this classic Cuban cocktail: its bright lemon flavor pairs perfectly with fresh mint and white rum. The limoncello adds a pure lemon flavor that’s impossible to get from lemon juice alone. Add ice and bubbles, and you’ve got a drink you won’t be able to stop sipping. This became an instant favorite around here: one of our favorite drinks this summer. What’s in this limoncello cocktail? This limoncello cocktail is a play on a Mojito, a classic cocktail that originates from Havana, Cuba! The origins of this drink are cloudy: some say it was invented in the 1500’s, others claim the 1800’s with the birth of the Bacardi rum company. Its place as an iconic cocktail was solidified by the 1930’s when Ernest Hemingway helped to popularize it. The mojito makes the list of International […]

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Here’s the best limoncello cocktail: a Mojito! The lemon liqueur makes a incredibly refreshing drink paired with rum and fresh mint.

Limoncello cocktail

Got limoncello? This ultra-strong lemon liqueur is often drunk as shots at the end of a meal. But ever tried it as a limoncello cocktail? This Limoncello Mojito is a way to make a uniquely refreshing drink with this famous citrus liqueur! Make it into this classic Cuban cocktail: its bright lemon flavor pairs perfectly with fresh mint and white rum. The limoncello adds a pure lemon flavor that’s impossible to get from lemon juice alone. Add ice and bubbles, and you’ve got a drink you won’t be able to stop sipping. This became an instant favorite around here: one of our favorite drinks this summer.

What’s in this limoncello cocktail?

This limoncello cocktail is a play on a Mojito, a classic cocktail that originates from Havana, Cuba! The origins of this drink are cloudy: some say it was invented in the 1500’s, others claim the 1800’s with the birth of the Bacardi rum company. Its place as an iconic cocktail was solidified by the 1930’s when Ernest Hemingway helped to popularize it.

The mojito makes the list of International Bartender Association’s IBA official cocktails, meaning that it has a an official definition. This limoncello spin simply adds in the Italian liqueur. Here are the ingredients you’ll need:

  • Mint
  • Lime juice
  • Simple syrup
  • Limoncello
  • White rum
  • Soda water
Limoncello cockail

What’s limoncello?

Limoncello is an Italian lemon liqueur that tastes like biting into an actual lemon! It’s the second most popular liqueur in Italy after Campari. You can get it everywhere in Italy, and it’s customary to drink a shot after a big Italian meal. Limoncello has become very popular in the US, so you should be able to find it easily at your local liquor store.

In all honesty, limoncello is so strong straight up that I usually pass it up. But mixed into this lemoncello cocktail, it’s absolutely brilliant!

Limoncello

Cocktail skill: how to muddle mint!

The main skill you need to know to make this limoncello cocktail is how to muddle. What’s muddling? Muddling is gently mashing herbs or fruits to release their juices. This helps the flavors incorporate better than if you just threw a mint sprig right into the drink. Here are a few things to note when you muddle mint:

  • Do it right in the cocktail shaker. Place the mint leaves in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. If you don’t have one, you can use a large metal cup or bowl.
  • Gently mash the mint! Using a wooden cocktail muddler or unfinished wooden spoon, gently mash the mint a few times to release the juices. Do not mash the mint with a lot of force! The key is using a light touch.

A few more tips for a Mojito

Here are a few last tips on how to make a killer limoncello mojito!

  • Use a hurricane glass if you have one: it’s the classic type of glass for a Mojito. But a highball glass works too!
  • Add a mint sprig. It’s just more fun to drink with a big sprig of mint!
  • Serve with clear ice for a stunning drink. Clear ice is crystal clear artisan ice that you can make in your home freezer. It makes drinks look like professional cocktails you’ll get at a fancy bar. Go to How to Make Clear Ice.
Limoncello cocktail

More limoncello cocktails

Want to keep using your limoncello in cocktails? Here are a few other ideas:

  • Spiked Lemonade Make homemade lemonade, then add vodka and limoncello. It’s ultra refreshing!
  • Limoncello Martini This flavored vodka martini is 100% full of citrusy, tangy lemon flavor: like eating a lemonhead!

When to serve this lemoncello Mojito cocktail

This limoncello cocktail is tangy and refreshing: ideal for summer or parties! Try it as a:

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Limoncello cocktail

Limoncello Mojito Cocktail


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Here’s the best limoncello cocktail: a Mojito! The lemon liqueur makes a incredibly refreshing drink paired with rum and fresh mint.


Ingredients

  • 3 mint leaves, plus more for garnish
  • 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) lime juice
  • 1/2 ounce (1 tablespoon) simple syrup
  • 1 ounces (2 tablespoons) limoncello
  • 1 ounces (2 tablespoons) white rum
  • 4 ounces (1/2 cup) soda water
  • Ice, for serving (try clear ice!)

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle the mint leaves with the lime juice and syrup. (Here’s how to muddle mint.)
  2. Add the limoncello and rum and fill the cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until cold.
  3. Fill a hurricane or highball glass with ice, then strain in the liquid. Top off the glass with soda water. Garnish with additional mint leaves.

  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Shaken
  • Cuisine: Cocktails

Keywords: Limoncello cocktail, Limoncello mojito

More lemon cocktails

There are so many great drinks starring bright and beautiful lemons! Here are some favorite lemon cocktails:

  • Lemon Drop Martini Made simply with vodka, Cointreau and lemon! It’s festive and refreshing, with a lemon twist and sugar rim.
  • Bourbon Lemonade Make fresh squeezed lemonade and swirl it with whiskey for a spicy finish.
  • Best Whiskey Sour Perfectly balanced and so easy to make: whiskey, lemon and simple syurp. A family favorite!
  • Gin Fizz Cocktail Try a refreshing Gin Fizz: it’s sweet, tangy, and has a frothy egg white foam topping!

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Grilled Watermelon Halloumi Skewers with Minted Basil Oil.

My new favorite meal is watermelon halloumi skewers! If you think watermelon and feta is a good combo, just WAIT until your try watermelon and halloumi! Oh my goodness – it’s wonderful. And yes, I could totally eat this as a meal. Now Eddie? He might look at me like I have ten heads. It’s […]

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My new favorite meal is watermelon halloumi skewers!

grilled watermelon halloumi skewers with mint basil oil

If you think watermelon and feta is a good combo, just WAIT until your try watermelon and halloumi!

Oh my goodness – it’s wonderful. And yes, I could totally eat this as a meal. Now Eddie? He might look at me like I have ten heads.

watermelon halloumi skewers ready for the grill

It’s been a very watermelony week around here. On instagram, I shared one of my favorite watermelon salads – a savory wedge salad. It has blue cheese and orange zest and tomatoes and it’s deeeelish. 

It’s just so darn out hot right now that it’s like my body NEEDS all the watermelon to keep my hydrated. The kids love, it’s refreshing and delicious and you pretty much can’t go wrong.

Especially when you skewer it with CHEESE.

fresh basil leaves

Last summer I made these grilled vegetable and halloumi skewers regularly. They were a staple! I figured let’s try it with fruit and it turned out fantastic. 

Now, I’ve grilled watermelon before. With cheese too. Years ago I also made these grilled watermelon caprese salads. The combo of savory, smoky grilled watermelon with the caprese vibe is incredible.

grilled watermelon halloumi skewers right off the grill

And these skewers sort of remind me of that. We grill the halloumi and watermelon together – I like to do one piece of halloumi for every three or even four pieces of watermelon. The halloumi is so rich that you don’t need much. A little goes a long way.

And all that you need to flavor these skewers? A little olive oil, salt and pepper.

That’s it. 

grilled watermelon halloumi skewers with mint basil oil

But! We also make a mint basil oil. Last year I also made this basil oil all the time – it’s delicious on pasta, on vegetables, drizzled on salads – everything. 

So I decided to throw a few mint leaves into the bunch. Again, they are an ingredient that makes everything taste super fresh.

The oil is a little high maintenance, but worth it. Store it in the fridge and serve it with summer lunches and dinner! 

drizzling mint basil oil on grilled watermelon halloumi skewers

Sure, this whole plate is a little mix of things that I’ve made before, in a whole new way. These are really fun to make on the weekend or a nice change to make for a dinner side dish. Especially if you have something else to throw on the grill. 

They can feed a group too – if you have a few people over for dinner, I usually make one skewer per person. You can also slide everything off the skewer into a salad bowl!

Super versatile and fun too. Let it be fancy summer.

grilled watermelon halloumi skewers with mint basil oil

Watermelon Halloumi Skewers

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Watermelon Halloumi Skewers

These grilled watermelon halloumi skewers are loaded with savory, slightly sweet flavor and drizzle with a fresh mint and basil oil. Delish!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author How Sweet Eats

Ingredients

  • 2 cups 1-inch cubed watermelon
  • 1 8-ounce block halloumi cheese, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • salt and pepper
  • olive oil for drizzling or spraying
  • a few fresh mint and basil leaves for skewering

minted basil oil

  • 1 cup tightly packed sweet basil leaves
  • ¼ cup fresh mint leaves
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Preheat the grill to medium-high. I like to keep mine around 400 degrees F.
  • Skewer the watermelon and halloumi. I like to do about 3 pieces of watermelon to every 1 piece of halloumi. The halloumi is rich enough that you don’t need a lot! Spritz or brush the watermelon skewers with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Place the skewers on the grill (you can use a grill pan if you wish! But directly on the grates is fine too) and grill for 1 to 2 minutes per side, rotating the skewers, Once they cheese and melon is golden and caramely, it’s good to go!
  • Remove and drizzle the skewers with the mint basil oil. Garnish with a few chopped leaves.

minted basil oil

  • Bring a pot of water to a boil to blanch the basil and mint. Prepare a bowl of ice water next to it. Once boiling, add the basil to the pot and cook for 10 seconds. Remove it and immediately place it in the ice bath. Leave it in there for a few minutes to make sure it is cold, then remove it and squeeze excess liquid from the leaves. Chop the basil into pieces.
  • Place the basil in a high powered blender or food processor. Add the olive oil and salt and puree until the oil is smooth and green. It may be frothy, so let the oil sit for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, strain it through a fine mesh sieve or cheesecloth to remove the basil bits. Ues a spoon to push any oil through the sieve.
  • At this point you can use the oil right away or store it in the fridge for a week!

grilled watermelon halloumi skewers with mint basil oil

I mean, I also live for pink food.

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The hottest days of the year are here and so are mojito watermelon wedges! Just in time!  I’m back with one more embarrassingly easy recipe for you before the 4th! I know we already discussed sheet pan s’mores, but if you haven’t soaked your watermelon wedges in mojito syrup yet, are you really living? No. […]

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The hottest days of the year are here and so are mojito watermelon wedges!

salted mojito watermelon wedges

Just in time! 

pouring mojito syrup on watermelon

I’m back with one more embarrassingly easy recipe for you before the 4th! I know we already discussed sheet pan s’mores, but if you haven’t soaked your watermelon wedges in mojito syrup yet, are you really living?

No. I think not.

And wait! Just and FYI that you don’t really NEED the rum for this recipe to be so refreshing and incredible. Leave it out if you don’t drink or want to make this for the kids. It’s still just as good because it’s loaded with fresh mint and lime! 

watermelon soaking in mojito syrup

Here’s how it goes down.

Slice your watermelon into triangles. Well, honestly? Slice the watermelon however you want! However is easiest for you. You could do cubes or even melon balls. I’m doing wedges because right now at this moment in my life I find them the cutest.

That is what 2020 has turned into… me deciding that watermelon wedges are cute. 

salted mojito watermelon wedges

You’re also going to make a quick mojito syrup. This is just water, lime juice, maybe rum, sugar, lime zest and fresh mint. All simmered together and then poured over the watermelon.

YES.

We’re going to soak the watermelon in the mojito syrup. Throw a sheet pan in the fridge and let the watermelon hang out in the syrup.

Honestly can’t even tell you right now how much I’d like to be a wedge of watermelon just relaxing on a platter of mojito syrup.

Sounds heavenly. 

I’ve seen people soak watermelon wedges in tequila before (I mean, OMG, yes please) so I figured the mojito flavor would be a huge winner. And it totally is!

These are SO good on a hot summer day. They are cold and fresh with hints of lime and mint. And easy! And cute. Of course. 

salted mojito watermelon wedges

Watermelon Mojito Wedges

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Watermelon Mojito Wedges

These mojito watermelon wedges are soaked in a fresh mint and lime syrup then sprinkled with flaked sea salt. They are so refreshing!
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Resting Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 12 to 16 wedges
Author How Sweet Eats

Ingredients

  • 1 small seedless watermelon, cut into wedges (12 to 16 wedges)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • ¼ cup white rum, optional, leave out/replace with water to make kid friendly
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 big handful of fresh mint
  • 2 limes, zest freshly grated
  • flaked sea salt, for sprinkling

Instructions

  • Cut the watermelon into wedges and place it on two baking sheets in a single layer.
  • Place the water, sugar, lime juice, rum, mint and the zest of 1 lime in a saucepan. Heat over medium heat, whisking so the sugar dissolves. Cook until just simmering then remove it from the heat and let it cool to room temperature. Pour the mixture evenly over the watermelon in the baking sheet. Move the watermelon wedges around so they are submerged in the syrup, then flip them.
  • Refrigerate for 30 to 60 minutes. I like to flip the watermelon once while it’s in the fridge.
  • Remove the watermelon from the syrup and place it on a platter. Sprinkle on the remaining lime zest. Sprinkle on a bit of flaked salt and serve!
  • As a note, you can do this on an as-needed basis. Just use a few slices of watermelon and pour some of the syrup over top, storing the rest in the fridge until ready to use.

salted mojito watermelon wedges

Tastes like summmmmer.

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