Monday, August 10, 2009

Mix it with mint!

Aside from the occasional G+T or less occasional Sidecar, I'm not usually a fan of cocktails.  Yet there was something summery about the thought of mint-infused drinks, so I surprised myself by offering to bring mojito ingredients to Le Chef's tapas party.  I ended up making pitchers and pitchers of the stuff, and converted both myself and others who weren't quite given over to cocktails. 

Then, a week later, I remembered my mom's spearmint bush...  so, naturally, after planting the cuttings, I used the plucked off mint leaves to whip up a batch of my new favorite summertime drink.


  • Lime, one, juiced

  • Sugar, enough to 'fill up' the lime juice (about 1 tablespoon)

  • Ice, crushed

  • Mint leaves, at least a half dozen -- plus a sprig for garnish

  • Rum, one (and a half, if you like) shot(s)

  • Tonic water, just a splash



  1. Squeeze lime into glass.

  2. Add sugar.

  3. Add mint leaves.

  4. Stir until sugar dissolves.

  5. Mash mint leaves a bit (use the handle of a butter knife).

  6. Fill glass with crushed ice.

  7. Add a shot of rum.

  8. Top off with tonic water; stir.

  9. Garnish with mint sprig.


Sit back, relax, and enjoy!

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