Why am I talking about tropical drinks and heat waves in November? It's because of the 5-pounds of limes I bought of course. I made up a double batch of this Mojito syrup... so that's 6 more limes used up and the last of the fresh mint too (at least until next spring when it will miraculously revive and dominate the side yard once again). Don't ask me how many fake mojitos this makes... I could figure it out, but I don't think I want to know.*
1 cup granulated sugar
3-4 sprigs of fresh spearmint
Using a vegetable peeler, remove the peel from the limes and set aside. Rinse the mint sprigs and shake off excess water. In a small pot, combine the water and the sugar. Bring to a boil and take the pot off the heat. The sugar should be totally dissolved and the syrup in the pot should be completely clear. Add the peel of three limes and a half cup of spearmint (stems included). Stir a couple times, then cover and let steep until completely cooled. While the syrup is steeping/cooling, juice the three naked limes. Strain the syrup into a jar, strain the lime juice into the same jar, give it a stir, put the lid on it and refrigerate until needed. Shake before using.
Make The Fake
Fill a tall glass with ice and add...2 T Rum
3 T Mojito Syrup
Top with sparkling water
Add a straw and paper umbrella** (optional)
Put this music on
Close your eyes
Now take a sip and imagine a light ocean breeze ruffling the tops of the coconut palms your hammock is strung between. . . Repeat as necessary.
Notes: For an equally refreshing non-alcoholic thirst quencher (that also incidentally uses lots of limes) try this Blackberry Limeade from 101 Cookbooks.
*Don't tell me.
**I sent Hubs to the party store to get some paper drink umbrellas once. He came back with a box of 144. That was in 2002... I think it's safe to say that we will never need to buy these again... ever.