As she demonstrated with our red snapper fixin’s, The Mint Killer has turned around her reputation this year. In the meantime, my mint has been struggling—it was doing fine until it didn’t get any water for three days. Apparently mint really can be killed—by all kinds of people.
On Friday, when I was at The Mint Killer’s place picking up my half of our CSA share, she offered me some of her bounty. “Maybe I’ll make mojitos,” I said.
“Absolutely,” she said.
The arrival of Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows just after my parents headed off on their further journey today set me up for the opportunity to sit on the front porch, under the magnolia tree, enjoying a very Happy Hour. It seemed only right to put The Mint Killer’s mint to good use in a drinkable way.
Please note: I have in reserve the best-ever mojito recipe for a crowd, courtesy of my cousin in Grand Junction, but this is the recipe I would recommend when, you know, a whole pitcher is totally inappropriate.
A handful of fresh mint leaves, washed and dried
1/2 a lime
1 1/2 Tbsp sugar
1 part light rum
3 parts soda water
- Place the mint leaves in the bottom of a highball glass. Add the sugar.
- Squeeze the half-lime into the glass, then slice the lime into smaller pieces and drop them in on top of the mint-lime juice-sugar mixture.
- Using a pestle (I’ve heard of people using the back of a spoon, but I’ve not gotten good results that way…), muddle (not muggle) the mixture together. In layman’s terms, that means to take the pestle and give it a good smooshing until everything is mixed together and smelling minty-lime-like.
- Add ice to fill the glass. If you have crushed ice, that’s more authentic. If you just have ginormous cubes like me, they work just fine.
- Fill the glass up a quarter of the way with the rum. Top off with soda water and stir.
- If you’d like, garnish with lime, mint or both.
- Drink, preferably with a good book.
This post is my contribution to Weekend Herb Blogging, which is being hosted this week by The Chocolate Lady of In Mol Araan. Please stop by later in the weekend to read the full round-up, although I may have to wait to read it, myself, until I’m finished Book 7.