There’s no need to infuse water with fresh mint when you have a bottle of Metromint water at hand.
KAREN HOCHMAN is Editorial Director of THE NIBBLE.
Last updated March 2010
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CAPSULE REPORT: Even more refreshing than a simple glass of cold water is one infuse with mint. You can add fresh mint...or you can buy Metromint’s already-infused waters in Peppermint, Spearmint, Orangemint and Lemonmint.
We first enjoyed this water two years ago. Why has it taken this long to tell you about it? No excuses...but if you like mint and haven’t yet discovered Metromint peppermint-infused water for yourself, the good news is that there’s now Metromint Spearmint as well.
The original Metromint Peppermint water is the simple combination of what we ourselves do every time we have a bunch of fresh mint for some culinary purpose: we infuse our own by adding the extra leaves to a pitcher of water. A touch of mint makes a cold glass of water even more refreshing. We no longer need to count on fresh mint leaves: Metromint water can ensure that there’s always chilled mint water waiting.
Mint, native to southern Europe, grows worldwide. It is enjoyed far beyond British mint sauce, Greek tabouleh and southern American juleps and mint chip ice cream. As a cooling herb, it has been adapted by the spicy cuisines of India, Morocco, Thailand and Viet Nam. The Latin word for mint is minthae: according to ancient Roman legend, Minthe, the lover of Pluto, was transformed into the herb by Pluto’s angry wife, Persephone.
In addition to its savory value, mint has substantial pharmaceutical value: it relieves gastric discomforts and aids digestion and is a mouth-freshener, among other uses. Imagine, now, a bottle of water that is refreshing and a digestif. That’s the concept.
Metromint is water from the Northern Rockies, infused with the finest peppermint from Oregon and Washington to create what the producers call “a natural, stress-relieving, breath-freshening thirst quencher.” The original Peppermint flavor is more assertive, the Spearmint flavor, which debuted a few months ago, will appeal to those who want a lighter touch of mint. In December 2006, the company launched the citrus siblings, Orangemint and Lemonmint. All are calorie-free and delightful. Even the slim, cylindrical bottle is refreshing.
- Metromint Hot Chocolate: Boil Metromint instead of plain water when preparing instant hot chocolate.
- Metromint Ice Cubes: Freeze Metromint and use the cubes in beverages from iced tea to cranberry juice to gin and tonic.
- Metromint Julep: In a short glass, stir 3 tablespoons of Metromint with 1 tablespoons of sugar until the sugar dissolves. Add 3 ounces of bourbon and pour over ice.
- Metromint Lemonade: In a large pitcher, combine the juice of 4 lemons, 1/4 cup of granulated sugar and 2-1/2 cups of Metromint. Stir briskly to dissolve the sugar. Pour over ice and add lemon slices.
- Metromint Mojito: Dissolve 1 tablespoon of sugar and the juice of 1 lime in a tall glass. Add 1-1/2 ounces of white rum and 1/2 cup of Metromint. Pour over ice.
- Metromint Moroccan Tea: Bring 2 cups of Metromint to a boil. Pour into a mug over 2 teaspoons of Darjeeling tea (or 2 tea bags) and 2 teaspoons of sugar. Steep for 3 minutes. Makes two servings.
Lemonmint, Orangemint, Peppermint,
- 500ml Bottles
Purchase online at Metromint.com
Available at fine food stores nationwide including Whole Foods Markets and Wild Oats Markets.
Shown at right: Peppermint and Spearmint waters.