Bilpin apple cider on crushed chocolate mint ice

Bilpin apple cider on crushed chocolate mint ice.
Bilpin apple cider on crushed chocolate mint ice. 
Difficulty
Easy

A simple and refreshing summer tipple.

Ingredients

1 handful chocolate mint leaves (or other mint leaves, if chocolate mint not available), plus extra sprigs*

3 tbsp caster sugar

2 litres Bilpin apple cider

* Chocolate mint is a variety of mint with a strong taste of chocolate.

Method

Place 1 handful mint leaves in a mortar with sugar and pound to a paste. Transfer to a bowl and add 1 litre water, stir to dissolve sugar and set aside for 1 hour. Strain through a fine sieve into a freezer-proof tray and place in the freezer until set.

To serve, remove ice from container and place in a clean tea towel. Tie ends together and bash to a coarse-flake consistency.

Fill glasses (or a jug) with ice and extra sprigs of mint. Top with cider and serve immediately.

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