On the first day of January…

… my garden gave to me: a partridge in a pear tree.


That is such a lie! First, I don’t have a pear tree in my garden (yet). Secondly, we don’t get partridges in this neck of Wales (although I have been lucky enough to watch black grouse with their silly white bottoms).

But, after getting back from a lovely New Year’s Eve gathering and a breezy beach walk, I really needed something refreshing and warm to get me through the rest of the day.

It’s cold and sparse in the garden at the moment, but I can always rely on the mint in the containers near the house for a quick fresh pick me up.

Mint Hot Toddy – for two


  • 1/2 mug loosely packed fresh mint leaves
  • 2 tsp honey
  • juice from a lemon
  • 2 tbs rum (optional)


  1. Put mint into a small saucepan and pour two mugs of boiling water over it
  2. Let the brew steep for five minutes
  3. In a teapot, put the rum (if using), honey and lemon juice
  4. Strain the mint tea from the saucepan into the teapot
  5. Stir, and drink.

Now, a little lie down is in order 🙂


Published by Dallaston

Permaculture teacher, designer, community networker, organic grower and vegan cook

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