Mint extract is fine and dandy, but there is nothing like cooking and baking with fresh mint leaves—especially in spring. The leaves are chockfull of aromatic oils that pair perfectly with lemon and decadently with chocolate. Also try it with fruit: strawberries now, and melon, blueberries, and raspberries later in the season.
Click through the slideshow to see 8 ways to use fresh mint leaves (and don't forget to save some for your Mint Julips.)
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Lemon Mint Sherbet
Mint Oreo Ice Cream
Strawberry Thyme Tart with Mint Glaze
Classic Mint Jelly
Mint Lime Granita
Strawberry Mint Freezer Jam
Mint Julep Ice Cream
White Chocolate Mint Ice Cream with Pomegranate Molasses
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