Who doesn’t love a bowl of fresh fruit? As great as a simple bowl of fruit can be, there are times when you just need to do something unusual to it, and for, well, that was to make a syrup to go along with it.
A handful of years ago, my wife and I decided to plant mint alongside our house. It could have been the best thing that we have ever planted. Extremely low maintenance, mint grows in abundance. With that said, I am always looking for opportunities to use mint. I use it in Thai food, salads, and mojitos, and now in fruit salads. Let’s get started on this simple treat.
Begin by placing your sugar, water, and mint in a saucepan and bring it to a boil. Once it comes to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for about 15 minutes. Add the rum and continue to cook for another 10 minutes. Turn off your heat and mix in the juice of one lime. Remove the pan from the burner and set aside to let cool. Strain the syrup and place in the refrigerator until it is ready to be used.
- 1 cup of granulated sugar
- 2 cups of water
- large bunch of fresh mint, plus an extra few leaves, chopped.
- 1/2 cup of white rum
- Juice of one lime
- Bananas, 1/4 inch thick
- Pineapple, cut into chunks
- Strawberries, quartered
Add your fruit to a bowl, and pour on about a quarter cup of the syrup on top of the fruit. Add in the chopped mint leaves, and serve. A great tasting bowl of fruit salad with the extra surprise. This one should get your guests talking at the table.