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Multi-Functional Herb Garden

6.15.2009
When I purchased my herb garden from Bluestone, I made a couple of additions. One of those was a mint plant.
Why a mint plant? To flavor tea? To use in cooking? Nope.....for Mojitos!

Sunday night was the first time we made this summery drink and they turned out perfectly. There are many recipes as well as how-to videos. Some of them differ from each other but overall they are similar. If you have a mint plant it is so quick and easy to make and so much cheaper than ordering one from a restaurant or bar. Here is the recipe I used.

I used 12 mint leaves (24 are in this picture for two drinks)
And half a lime cut into wedges...

Then I muddled it together. Since I did not have the proper tool I used the end of a wooden spoon but I am going to be on the hunt for this for the next time. Next, I added 4 tsp of sugar. I think when we have people over and making many drinks I think I will make simple syrup so it will dissolve better. But just for the two of us the sugar worked just fine.While I was muddling our house looked exactly like this...

And I had this guy's "flair" with the bottle....

Then I added ice, 1.5 ounces of rum (about the amount of a shot glass) and club soda. The recipe called for a "splash" of club soda, but I added more.
Voila....the finished product-
The mint plant is officially the first plant out of the herb garden to be put to use.....and in my opinion very good use.
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