I planted a variety of mint called “Mojito,” and how could I resist using it for its intended purpose?! First a hint: Grow this in a pot; as with most mint, it will take over your garden. It’s a very pretty plant, but it is exceeding prolific!
Usually when making a mojito, you muddle the mint with the sugar in a single glass. That’s great for one-drink-at-a-time drinking, but I was making mine for a dinner party of six. I wanted a pitcher full, and I didn’t want to have to do such serious muddling. Instead, my base was a mint simple syrup. I first boiled 2 cups sugar with 2 cups water, stirring occasionally . (You could use 2 cups Splenda if you wanted a sugar-free mojito). Once the water was boiling, I turned it off and put in about 20 mint leaves. I allowed this to cool completely, and then put 1-1/2 cups of the syrup into a pitcher. I added 2 cups of light rum and 1-1/2 cups of lime juice. Yes, I probably should have used freshly-squeezed juice, but I cheated and used Real Lime (and I couldn’t tell the difference).
Once this concoction was stirred, I filled each glass with ice, poured them about 2/3 full of the mint mixture, and then topped each off with ginger ale. (Sugar-free works here, too.) Club soda is the traditional topper, but I like the extra flavor from the ginger ale.
I garnished each drink with a lime wedge and some extra mint. M-m-m-m!
NOTE: This post is dedicated to Martha!