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The Zeal of Zapata salsa ($8.67), sold by The Otherdoor, contains mint, which helps keep it spicy, but not too spicy, at the Lake Bluff restaurant. Peter Kaspari/22nd Century Media
Peppermint Stick ice cream, available at Homer’s Ice Cream in Wilmette, is made with Madagascar vanilla mixed with red peppermint candy pieces. Eric DeGrechie/22nd Century Media
True Juice is offering a peppermint smoothie ($7.95) during the holiday season in Winnetka and Highland Park. Megan Bernard/22nd Century Media
The Neiman Marcus Cafe’s citrus salad ($18) features mixed greens, shaved fennel, grapefruit, avocado, mint, goat cheese, toasted almonds and is topped with a pomegranate vinaigrette dressing. Martin Carlino/22nd Century Media
The keftedakia ($9.50) at Glenview’s Plateia Mediterranean Kitchen are beef meatballs with mint, served with pita and tzatziki sauce. Jason Addy/22nd Century Media
Pho Nam Bac’s rice noodle bowl is filled with rice noodles, bean sprouts, lettuce, cucumber and mint, all covered in a marinade and optional hot sauces. Erin Yarnall/22nd Century Media
A 12-ounce size of the new Peppermint Hot Chocolate at Glencoe’s Hometown Coffee & Juice is priced at $4.25. Alex Ivanisevic/22nd Century Media
Staff Report
3:00 am CST December 19, 2019
Legend has it that mint, and more specifically, peppermint, first became associated with the Christmas holiday in 1670.