You can add wild mint to teas, cakes or salads, but let's be checky and try a wild mint mojito. This refreshing cocktail is one of my favourites, originating in Cuba.

A mojito is the perfect way to unwind after a hard week. Pick a sunny evening, enjoy the buzz of the bees, the birds singing, and this refreshing tipple. If you want to make it with children, or don't drink alcohol - just remove the rum!

Wild mint is usually easy to find or grow in your back garden. Most mints have square stalks with velvety leaves that grow in pairs on opposite sides of the stalk, but of course, always make sure you know exactly what you are foraging before you taste any new plants.

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  • 50ml White rum (double shot)
  • 1tsp Sugar
  • Soda water
  • Wild mint leaves, handful


  • STEP 1

    Muddle the mint, sugar and lime juice together in the bottom of a glass until the minty flavour is released.

  • STEP 2

    Add ice, pour the rum over everything and stir together.

  • STEP 3

    Top up with soda water. Add mint leaves and lime or lemon slices for decoration.

This is a recipe from 365 Days Wild, published by Harper Collins Publishers.

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Lucy McRobertWildlife storyteller, communications expert and writer

Lucy McRobert is the Communications Manager at the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust, the author 365 Days Wild, and columnist for Birdwatch magazine