Vodka Mojitos!

While Kev was busy pulling a huge stump out of the ground last Saturday morning, I decided that my herbs that survived the “winter” here needed to be cleaned up and trimmed back. My mint is still growing like crazy so I had to trim about half of it off. So I thought…trim it, clean it and put it to use! I am so glad I did. I made a mint simple syrup with the mint i picked and am I ever glad I did! We topped off our day with fresh vodka mojitos on the patio as the sun went down! Sounds perfect to me! Cheers!

So refreshing and fun!

So refreshing and fun!

Vodka Mojitos

The Mint Simple Syrup

1 1/2 cup water

1 1/2 cup sugar

1 1/2 cups mint, bruised

Bring the water, sugar and mint to a boil in a small sauce pan. Let simmer for 5 minutes. Stir occasionally. Cook until sugar is dissolved. Cool then strain pushing on the mint leaves to get all the syrup out.

The Mojito

1 recipe Mint Simple Syrup (see above)

1 1/2 c. good vodka

1/3 fresh lime juice

juice of one small lemon

juice of one small mandarine

2 1/2 c. lime seltzer water

lime slices and mint for garnish

In a large pitcher, combine all of the ingredients. Pour into glasses over ice. Garnish with mint leaves and a wedge of lime.

Yum!

Yum!

What do I love about this recipe? I love that it tastes so fresh and I think it is right up there with a Gin and Tonic as the perfect hot weather drink!

What don’t I love about this recipe? Nothing!

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