Every year, I plant mint. And every year, I swear I’m going to figure out what else to do with it besides make mojitos– and every year, I fail. I’ve changed my attitude and decided to embrace this so-called failure.
I may be married to the best bartender in Lawrence (it’s true!), but I dare say I’ve got him beat when it comes to mojitos. I found this recipe somewhere– I can’t even remember where– several years ago when I was searching high and low for a good one.
What you need:
30ish leaves of fresh mint
3/4 cup of white sugar
1 cup white rum
Chilled club soda and ice
What you do:
Squeeze the lime juice into a dish and add the mint leaves and sugar. Use a muddle stick (or a spoon, if you’re desperate) to mash them together– the sugar helps break up the mint and release the oils, and it dissolves into the juice.
Dump into a pitcher, add the rum and ice, then fill with club soda.
That’s it. Delicious.
(Note: never, ever, ever plant mint of any kind in the ground. You and every neighbor around you will regret it. Mint is an extremely invasive plant, so be smart and confine it to a pot! Unless, of course, you want to drink mojitos for every meal for the rest of your life. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.)