Locavore Challenge Featured Ingredient: Mint

I’m getting a little minted out at this point of the summer. I’ve been getting bunches and bunches from my CSA and feel like I’m drowning in it! I’ve made ice cream, cookies, but mostly drinks. To me, there’s nothing more refreshing than a mojito. The blend of soothing mint and crisp citrus with a little sweetness is perfect. I bought a few bunches of mint last week prior to the dinner party. I had a Polish moment, and thought there wouldn’t be enough food and cupcakes as a dessert might seem a bit sparse. So after seeing how beautiful the mint looked and smelled, I made a last minute decision to add some mint dark chocolate chip cookies to the menu as well. After all, they take about 15 minutes to make, minus the baking time. At this point I practically have the recipe memorized.

I’m a pro at making individual mojitos at this point, but I wasn’t about to make drinks to order for 8 guests, so I needed to go bulk. With my to do list, recipes and ingredients swimming in my head, I wasn’t about to do the math myself to turn a single mojito into a pitcher, so I found this delightful recipe online. You should probably bookmark this post. Considering how well mint grows in a window garden, mojitos year round doesn’t sound like a bad idea.

Perfect Mojito Pitcher (Adapted from Manzine) Makes 1 Large Pitcher

  • 2 c loosely packed mint leaves
  • 2 c mint simple syrup (recipe below)
  • 2 c freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 4 c white rum
  • 4 c club soda

Muddle the mint leaves in a mortar & pestle til leaves are broken and oils released. Add to pitcher with all other ingredients. Mix well. DO NOT ADD ICE. When serving, pour drink into glass filled with ice. Garnish with a lime slice and mint leaves.

Mint Simple Syrup

  • 2 c sugar
  • 2 c water
  • 10-15 mint leaves

Heat sugar and water in a saucepan over medium heat. Let sugar dissolve and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and add mint leaves. Cover and let steep for 30 minutes. Strain syrup into a mason jar and store in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

4 thoughts on “Locavore Challenge Featured Ingredient: Mint

  1. I know. I was surprised and curious too. It was actually incredibly balanced and served our guests of 8 VERY well with some left over. I guess I never really thought about pitchers of drinks, other than sangria, and a bottle of wine doesn’t seem so bad.

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