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I put fresh mint leaves in a cup. Poured on hot water.
And drunk the resulting brew.
I'm not ashamed.
Man cannot live on herb infusions alone.
(this will probably be my only mint beverage related joke today so enjoy it)
The mint was in the house for mojito purposes and I just thought "what the hell, no-ones looking, let's infuse"
technique. Nice try. Someone is always watching.
took it straight.... like a man?
sugar up that mutherflame and you've got a remarkable drunky treat
Don't add sugar to any herbal tea, idiot.
It tastes so good without it.
Drink the fucking drink however you prefer.
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(Although <cut to Darcyshow ad break> a friend of mine has recently launched a new product range of herbal teas which claim to ACTUALLY TASTE OF SOMETHING without you having to stew the bag for what feels like hours on end. http://www.mamatea.com/ </end of shameless plug. Cut back to DARCY. *canned laughter*>
They sell them in my waitrose. The cool mama one is the one I like. It does taste lovely but I love herbal teas anyway. Lemon and ginger is a good one with a strong, nice flavour.
She should hopefully be expanding her range soon :) I'll let her know it's a thumbs up on the lemon and ginger! You can follow her on twitter btw, if you're so inclined!
and they add shitloads of sugar. now, i wouldn't go so far as to add AS much sugar as they do and all cause that's rank but if there's no sugar in there it's just gonna taste like hot water basically aint it
It tastes strongly of mint you momo. Because you rip the leaves and crush them slightly to let the hot water draw out the flavour. And you also leave it for a bit.
Egypt is a great country but that doesn't mean they're right about everything. Turkish coffee with sugar? Yes. Mint leaves in water? No.
i still refuse to believe that it can be much good without SOME sugar
and taste like water.
Peppermint smells great and tastes of peppermint. Try it without sugar one time. As long as it has a few minutes to brew it'll be, well, MINT!
It's really nice to have proper fresh mint tea. We bought a mint plant and it's the only one that's just gone wild and actually grown properly.
BECAUSE OF ALL THE MOJITOS
Hence we'd bought some in.
But definately our most/only successful plant purchase.
We had coriander but I missed that it was going to seed. And I failed to get the flowers off our basil so now that's gone too.
Thyme and Oregano are growing but they don't seem to have lots of leaves.
Monty Fucking Don.
I'm just unsure if I was meant to try to chop them to make them into little bushes or something.
It's so weak and needy, plus the guy at the garden centre told me it's an annual anyway, so you can expect it to go to seed and then die after a few months no matter how well you look after it.
Just planted mint, thyme and garlic chives in the garden. Hoping for good results.
This is the best hot drink.
BUT HELP. When I have it at italian resturaunts, its amazing but when I make it at home, its slightly shit. Are you just using mint leaves from like tesco or something? I think the ones they use in the resturaunts are peppermint leaves.
It's the sort us hardcore drinkers have in mojitos.
Can you get peppermint leaves and spearmint leaves or do they not exist?
Both are the varieties we are familiar with.
Mint is a genus: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mentha
Or rather, mint is just a general term for the types of plants. I don't think you generally get spearmint plants. Where's Joeymahone when you need someone learned?
as is spearmint. I think.
Where IS joeymahone?
What I mean is when someone talks about mint they just mean 'peppermint'.
Look at the leaves.
very interesting. So you CAN get spearmint plants. I want me one of those.
Just like you get different types of apples and the regular mint you get in the supermarket is like a cooking apple is.
There are loads of different types of cooking apples, not just bramley.
I'm with you on the limp infusion monstrosity.
Mojitos on the other hand, are the fucking DON.
'hey bar keep, can i have a glass full of ice and leaves please? can you also mash up a few limes and put them on top? oh and also try and squeeze some liquid into any gaps you can find. how long? 10 mins for 1? fine, but i need 4 please. how much you say?'
Have you got sand in your cooca?
can we set a precedent?
Consider it done.
there's just so much THEO going on in this thread i couldn't remember who made it
We've got meths claiming mojitos are shit, Darcy sticking ice in his whiskey, whiterussian wanting sugar in her peppermint tea and you think *I* should be ejected from the thread?
It's basically pure cachaça with ice, sugar and lime. No different to having a strong spirit of any sort.
And it tastes fucking awesome.
Also, the ice melts intot he drink making it last longer... ever had just whiskey with a bit of ice? Thought not, you pussy.
Mojitos are lovely. I just think meths is tight.
Oh wait, you said whiskey. Yeah, you can ruin that rubbish all you like.
Your ice comment is stupid, though. Do you have ice in your beer so that it 'lasts longer'?
Mixing some spirits with ice (or water) so it slightly dilutes them is common practice amoung adults. It has nothing to do with making them last longer as such, I made the point about it lasting longer as meths seemed to think it was a rip off... the drink actually lasts a long time if you don't down it like n00b.
Your beer comparison is completely ridiculous. Stick to your alcopops, you massive virgin.
'Oh wait, you said whiskey. Yeah, you can ruin that rubbish all you like.'
You're an expert on drinking 'rubbish' are you?
FYI it depends on how I feel and what I'm drinking, as to how I drink it. Drinking Bells neat? No Theo, that's not particularly a flavour I'm trying to savour.
Laphroaig? An 18 year old Glenfiddich? Yeah, I'll have no ice thanks.
Any more arguments you'd like to get into and lose, chump?
I only drink decent shit like Laphroaig neat. If it was Bells I'd have it with a mixer like ginger beer, some ice and a slice of lime.
Glad you don't just drink alcopops and shandy though!
(Except I never liked shandies.)
I actually find lager too gassy for a good night's drinking so it tends to just be ale and scotch to finish.
We should have a night of this.
it's like Paul from the Wonderyears having a fight with a mirror whilst wearing his mums leather jacket. Not cool gents, not cool.
Go home everyone - no-one's going to top this piece of braggadocio today
you should add a splash of water (room temp is best) to open up the nose of tit. I have whisky in my desk.
I've heard this, but I tend not to do it. Might try it though and see if it improves the experience.
Laphroaig is one of my favourites, my Dad hates it though. For some reason people often buy it for him...always gets donated straight to me! :)
Actually all the ones from that area seem to have that amazing taste.
last night. After the infusion. Seriously.
No water though.
Are you fucking with me?
found a little 35cl bottle leftover from xmas.
Strong coffee and Laphroaig have restored my faith in you.
(formerly known as 'that horrid TCP one'). If you like it, you shoudl also like Lagavulin (which I actually prefer, marginally.)
Most recent addition to our whisky store is an Ardbeg Uigeadail, which is amazing.
but I'm always in pubs where I'm not sure what they'd use (cold tap water? Fill half the glass) and don't want to be a picky bastard.
for you to do yourself.
I bought my Dad a little whiskey kit with a whisky glass and a little whiskey jug.
I really doubt they would put a little jug down with water.
If you don't ask, you don't get.
However, that one Theo was talking about near Paddington almost certainly would.
but I reckon most pubs would have a small jug of some sort (even if its just a tiny milk jug) IF YOU ASK.
I've only been in there once.
Again, I just never really considered it before because of the scope for a dozy bar staff to fuck it up. When you watch someone pouring a pint of ale like they're afraid the hand pump's going to bite them and then, when you ask for Laphroaig, they look at you like you just cleared your throat funny, you don't really want to give them any more opportunities to fuck your drink up.
It's hard enough to get them to just put lime in a vodka, soda & lime or whatever rather than cordial.
You put the water in yourself. This is why I'm telling you to ask for a jug. They can't fuck up your drink.
So my feeling prior to that was that they could so easily fuck it up, mainly because of how the staff seem as above.
so I wouldn't put it past 'em to know the score when it comes to small jugs. Hehehe... jugs.
If anyone is going to know how to pour you a drink it's one of them.
nod and back away
It's both amazing and frustrating (because the staff don't seem to know where the bottles on their lists are!)
But I bought one of those KGB deals vouchers on monday for me and x to go to Albannach to do a whisky tasting- that's Trafalgar Sq though, I think. Can you remember the name of the Paddington one? I must go along and try it out (i.e. wind them up).
100+ whisky options
emperors new clothes.
but with mint added?
Either way, both are very nice.
caipirinhas are in the same boat as gin for me. I love them, but when i get started i dont stop and i end up spending the whole of the next day writhing in bed.
just different parts of the sugar cane or something along those lines.
I thought mojitos were made with Cachaca as well. Cachaca is pretty hard to get hold of so if I make either at home it's based on rum or vodka anyways.
Invoking my admittedly rock n roll choice of footwear is the new Godwin's Law
felt buzzy like i was on mushrooms for a small while afterwards.
more like gender CONFUSION.
but that was in a bag.
I've got another cup of strong as fuck black coffee now like..
More than once.
Camomile, Jasmine, Various fruit flavours, peppermint..even white and redbush.
Found them all rank to be rank. Breakfast or occasionally Earl Grey only from now on.
Sang to the tune of Hip To Be Square by Huey Lewis and the News.
had raspberry leaf when pregnant RANK
try to have green tea for it's health benefits RANK
my Mum soetimes offers me others..rankryrank
I'm off to find a cupboard to cry in now.
90% of it is Theo and I having a gladitatorial battle of words. It's thrilling stuff.
But with rick moranis instead of russel crowe
About herbal tea?