Last year when we first moved in, our neighbors had a glut of mint, so they gave us a bunch. My mom, who also grows mint but has no idea how to use it, was over at the time, so we made her a mojito. So enjoyed it so much that she had 2 (I think that may be a first). The next time she visited, she brought us some mint from her garden to transplant to ours. (I think she's expecting more mojitos this year!)
So, needless to say, when I spied the mint in full bloom this morning, I knew what was going to be on the menu this afternoon.
I should note that the first time we made these, we didn't have any lime on hand so we made them without - and they turned out to be just as good. Limes aren't exactly a staple in our house and it's nice to be able to just throw together a cocktail with what we have on hand (in the liquor cabinet and/or garden, in this case), so we've created our own Minty Mojitos recipe - sans lime.
4-5 mint leaves
1 Tbsp. sugar
1 shot of silver, spiced rum
1/3-1/2 c. club soda
a few ice cubes
Place mint leaves in the bottom of a scotch or collins glass (we don't have collins glasses - and I'm a lightweight - so I used a scotch glass). Top with sugar. Muddle mint and sugar together with a spoon until the mint is fragrant and broken into small pieces. Drop in a few ice cubes. Pour in rum and club soda. Stir and enjoy!
(If you have the lime on hand - add about 1 tsp. of lime juice and a slice of fresh lime in when you're muddling the mint and sugar for a traditional, less minty version.)