Who has the best lights in town? Vote now for your favorite in our holiday lights contest.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
In the days of my youth in Old Virginny, my mother, grandmother, aunts and great aunts always served iced tea (ice tea!) with a sprig of mint. The mint plants had been handed down from generation to generation and from mint bed to mint bed.
My mint plants in Blacksburg go back to my grandmother’s home in Nelson County, then to Lynchburg; Clover; Seaford, Del.; Martinsville; Greenville, N.C.; Virginia Beach; and finally to Blacksburg. In my youth, “ice tea” was always sweet, so you didn’t have to specify as now. And today you are not asked if you’d like mint or not, either. How sad!
Mint also has several other uses in eating and drinking. Mull a few sprigs of mint gently in a tall glass with a bit of sugar, fill with crushed ice, top off with good bourbon, stir briefly and you have the queen of Southern libations, a heavenly mint julep. Sip slowly and thank Providence for your good fortune. And don’t drive.
Weather JournalMix on Sat AM; coming blog changes