Drinks

thirty one

Mojitos

Spring has finally (FINALLY) really arrived in my neck of the woods, which basically means one thing..well, maybe two: pastels and festive drinks. I ask you, what’s more retro than that?

Not only are mojitos an adorable shade of pale green, they were the perfect pre-finals treat last week. In my opinion, lime + mint is one of the best combinations ever. It just tastes like warm weather and picnics and flowers and sundresses and hi I’m a girl. Anyway, I actually left my room and walked to the grocery store to spend 4 whole dollars on a little bushel of fresh mint, liberated quite a bit more than your average coffee cup’s worth of simple syrup from my campus cafe, cracked open a cheap bottle of rum (the budget of a college student rocks, don’t you agree?) and made a pitcher or two of these bad boys to ring in the end of the semester! Even with my frugal ingredients, they were actually super delicious- clearly more of a testament to how rad mojitos are than any sort of funky describing I could do..

ps- as much as I love pouring and stirring on the floor of a comically small dorm room, now that school is over I can get back in the kitchen and post more real recipes!

Pitcher o’Mojitos (serves 6 normal people or 2 college students on your average Wednesday night. Just kidding. Sorta)

– juice of 10 limes or 1 1/4 cups bottled

– 20-30 leaves of fresh mint (seems like a lot but this is no joke. Put them all in or else)

– 3/4 cup of simple syrup (you can buy a bottle of this magic liquid at any grocery store or see the recipe at the end of the post if you don’t feel like putting real pants on/leaving your house)

– 1 cup white rum

– club soda

– ice

Put the lime juice, mint leaves, and simple syrup into a pitcher. Using a wooden spoon, get out all your aggressions I MEAN gently muddle the ingredients until all those great minty oils are released. Add rum and fill the rest of the pitcher up with club soda. Pour into ice-filled glasses and garnish with fresh lime slices and more mint. This recipe isn’t super duper sweet or strong, which I actually prefer when it comes to pitchers of drinks, but feel free to add more of any of the ingredients to your taste!

Simple Syrup

– 2 parts water

– 1 part sugar

In a medium saucepan bring the water to a boil. Dissolve the sugar into the boiling water, stirring constantly. Once the sugar is dissolved, remove the pan from the heat. (Don’t let it boil for too long or the syrup will be too thick). Allow to cool completely.

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