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
- Squeeze lime into glass.
- Add sugar.
- Add mint leaves.
- Stir until sugar dissolves.
- Mash mint leaves a bit (use the handle of a butter knife).
- Fill glass with crushed ice.
- Add a shot of rum.
- Top off with tonic water; stir.
- Garnish with mint sprig.
Sit back, relax, and enjoy!