I have mint in my garden and it is growing like crazy, which is what mint does. To put it to good use, I muddled my way to a great cocktail. Here it is:
(in the left photo, my mint is in the back; quietly taking over the basil). *** If you want to plant your own, put it in a pot first. It needs to be contained or else….
On to the mojito- which came from Havana, Cuba by the way:
First, you need to make simple syrup. It’s easy. Add 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar. Put in a small pot/saucepan and mix. Boil until the sugar dissolves. Take off heat and cool. You can store this in the fridge for about 1 month.
Next add about 10 mint leaves to a sturdy glass. Add 1 small wedge of lime and muddle. Muddling is pressing the ingredients together to release their flavors. Add about 1 tsp simple syrup and 1 small lime wedge. Muddle again. If you want a good muddler, check out the following link: XOXO Steel Muddler
Add ice to the glass. Pour 1.5oz white rum over the ice. Top with club soda. Squeeze a lime wedge on top and mix. You can always add more simple syrup at this point to make it sweeter.
It’s five o’clock somewhere.