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Once, when it was still summer, and all of us were complaining about the persistent humidity and heat, Liz and I had an entire evening dedicated to homemade mojitos. First step–get the largest, most ridiculous pitcher you have, or two separate pitchers. Even three pitchers. Because this recipe makes a lot. A lot.

Still this full after four pint glass drinks.

The Ingredients:

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One liter club soda

3 limes, cut into wedges

60-90 fresh mint leaves

1/2 bottle white rum, to taste

ice

Simple sugar to taste

 

Simple Sugar Recipe:

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Boil one cup water. Add one cup sugar and stir until dissolved. Easy! Leftovers will keep in fridge for eternity.

 

If this is your first time making a mojito from scratch, the first and only obstacle is crushing the mint leaves. This is a lot easier if you use something with a blunt, flat edge. So not a butter knife, but a wood spoon or a mortar and pestle, for instance. Do this in a bowl where you can crush the leaves against the sides. So, first step, crush the leaves with the lime wedges to release both juices (you can reuse the lime wedges as a garnish later). Slowly add all the liquids to your giant pitcher, but mix each proportionally and slowly and taste as you go. The list above is more about ingredients than exact measurements. Some people like no alcohol taste (not me, but you know, some people). Add the crushed mint leaves. If you want, strain them out after, but the flavor will be stronger if you leave them in. Let people add ice to their individual cups, and pour away.

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