Those of you who know me and have spent time in my home, know that I like to make cocktails. I like to make strong cocktails. I like to make tasty cocktails. I like to drink strong tasty cocktails.
This rainy cool summer has been perfect for growing prolific mint. Luckily mint is perfect for my fave summer cocktail: the mojito! This recipe is for making a large batch of mojitos for sharing:
You will need a hand-full of fresh mint leaves, a cup of sugar, a half cup of boiling or near boiling water, 3 or 4 limes, some white rum, club soda and ice cubes for serving.
Boil the water, cut up the mint into very small strips, steep the mint in the hot water for about five minutes. Pour the mint water through a strainer, into the cup of sugar, stir until the sugar dissolves. You should end up with a thick syrup. I like to zest one or two of the limes and add the zest to the mint syrup. Juice 3 to 4 limes. You want to have between a half cup and 3/4 cup lime juice to mix with the mint syrup. Add 1 1/2 cups rum to the syrup/lime juice mixture, stir well. Depending on the size of your drinking glasses, this should yield enough mojito mix for 4-6 servings. Fill your cups with ice, pour in the mojito mix to the half-way point, top with club soda. Give it a quick stir and garnish with a slice of lime or a mint sprig. Enjoy!