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When life gives you mint, make mojitos.

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.

Best mojito recipe ever. | www.wifeofabartender.comWhat you need:

10 limes
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.)

17 Responses to “When life gives you mint, make mojitos.”

  1. Bailey says:

    I’m not sure why I haven’t drank more mojitos in my life. I love rum!

  2. coleen koop says:

    So AGREE about not planting mint in the ground. I had a beautiful flower bed and thought I would plant 2 mint plants as a backdrop against the building. First year, it looked OK, second year – I kid you not, it overtook the entire bed of flowers – We are in the process of trying the kill the stuff. Love the Mojitos but the entire neighborhood would have to be drinking them morning noon and night to use up the mint that I have!!

    • Debbi says:

      Oh, I believe it! I’m so glad someone gave me that advice before I ever planted any. It looks great in a pot but I sure don’t want it covering my back yard!

  3. Danielle says:

    I grow a mint plant specifically for mojitos in the summer. Your recipe is the same I use, that I learned while living in Miami. So delicious!

    • Debbi says:

      I’m glad to hear that I’m using an authentic recipe, if it’s one you learned in Miami! I love them. And I have a variation on them coming soon…

  4. Cean says:

    How much club soda. I have no idea about get the ratio.

    • Debbi says:

      I don’t have a set amount of club soda that I use- but typically I use about 2/3 of a two-liter bottle when I make these by the pitcher. I generally just make it to taste.

  5. Theresa says:

    What size pitcher please? Can’t wait to try this!

    • Debbi says:

      I’m not sure! It’s just a regular-sized glass pitcher…I think it’s probably around a gallon. Sorry that’s not much help!

  6. Amerika says:

    ♥♥♥ this :) Thank you Debbi! ~A

  7. Brenda says:

    I was told to plant mint where you have grass growing. .. Then when the grass is mowed it smells even better than just plain cut grass! :)

    • Debbi says:

      That’s a great idea, if you like the smell of mint– but be careful about planting mint directly in the ground! It’s extremely invasive and spreads quickly, and it’s difficult to control. So, if you want mint to grow everywhere, go for it! I always plant mine in pots near where we sit outside, and if there’s a breeze we can definitely smell the mint. Hope you enjoy the recipe!

  8. Brenda says:

    Oh and thanks for the recipe gonna try it out!

  9. Erminia says:

    It’s good ground cover and you can use it….

  10. Joan says:

    Are you using regular limes or key limes?

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