Thursday, April 21, 2011


Our first house had a giant patch of mint that flourished from April – November. It was great for a few things. Tea was one of them. But better than that, were Mojitos and Mint Juleps.

When we moved into our current house, we immediately planted mint (along with many other herbs). I noticed last night that the mint is already growing pretty strong. And since there were limes in the fruit basket and it was 80+ degrees, tonight was a Mojito night!

  1. Start by cutting a lime into smallish pieces (I usually cut into eight equal pieces).
  2. Add half of the limes, a few sprigs of mint, and a pinch of sugar to a highball glass and muddle (i.e. smash it all up in the bottom of the glass).
  3. Add:
    1. 1/2 oz. Simple Syrup (see below)*
    2. 2 oz. White Rum
  4. Stir the mixture around a little, add lots of ice, and top off with club soda to taste.
  5. Garnish with a slice of lime and a sprig of mint.
  6. Enjoy.
Mint Simple Syrup – Combine and cup of sugar and a cup of water and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and toss in a few sprigs of mint. Allow to cool.

*Traditional mojito recipes call for all sugar rather than simple syrup. I started doing the simple syrup version when making mojitos for groups, and I haven't looked back. The sugar makes a difference in breaking down the mint and lime, so that's why I add the pinch.

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