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So after all my whining in Monday’s post, I decided I needed to suck it up and find a way to enjoy what’s left of my summer. When we bought our house last winter, one of our very, very favorite things about it is that it has a big, long, shaded porch that goes all the way across the front of the house. The house came with a porch swing and then a few weeks ago, we added some white wicker furniture. This week, my kids and I have spent a lot of time on the porch watching the thunderstorms and playing with toys while enjoying the cross breeze (albeit a hot and humid cross breeze) and it’s been nice. I’ll admit it.
I mean, how could I not love the idea of a mojito–it involves three of my favorite things: fancy drinks, lime, and mint. So when I was thumbing through one of my favorite cookbooks recently and found a recipe similar to mojitos (and to which you could easily add some rum for the real deal), I was inspired to whip up a batch, sit on the porch, and pretend I was in some tropical paradise (only one not involving Nestor being timelessly tormented by a smoke monster. He was, however, more than welcome to act as my cabana boy and bring me awesome drinks).
These were super easy and pretty darn inexpensive. A 24-oz. bottle of Perrier barely set me back a dollar. The mint was the spendiest part of the drink, although you don’t have to buy that if you have some growing in your garden. Which I don’t because I have a black thumb, although I’ve been known to steal some from my friend Kelly’s garden when she’s at work. And, generally speaking, the small, smooth-skinned, juicy limes that you want to be using should be super cheap. All in all, I spend a little more than $4, although really, it was less because I only used a bit of the mint and have other plans for the rest of it later this week. Not bad for a fancy summer drink for 4 people, right?
Then all you do is finely chop the mint…
- 8-10 large mint leaves
- 1/2 c. sugar (you can add more if necessary, especially if kids are involved)
- 3/4 c. fresh lime juice (about 7 small, juicy limes)
- 1 24-oz. bottle of sparkling water (like Perrier)
- Finely chop the mint leaves. Place the chopped mint leaves in a bowl or non-reactive pitcher and press them with a pestle or the back of a spoon to release the oils. Add the sugar and press the mint leaves and sugar together with the back of a spoon. Add the lime juice and stir until the sugar is completely dissolved and no longer grainy.
- If you haven't been mixing the mint and sugar in a pitcher, transfer to a glass or plastic pitcher. Right before serving, add the sparkling water and serve immediately over ice. Garnish with lime slices and mint leaves.