Honey Lime Mint Simple Syrup:
1 cup lime juice
¾ cup Golden Blossom Honey
40 mint leaves, chopped
Honey Mint Mojito (makes 1 cocktail):
5 mint leaves, muddled or chopped
2 -3 tablespoons Honey Lime Mint Simple Syrup
2 ounces white rum
6 to 8 ounces sparkling water
Honey Is Magic
In the days before biology and botany were understood, people thought it was a special kind of magic that turned flower nectar into honey.
1. Heat all of the ingredients for the Honey Lime Mint Syrup in a saucepan and bring to a full boil. Immediately remove from heat and let stand until cooled to room temperature. Strain the mint leaves through a fine mesh strainer, discard the mint leaves, and refrigerate the syrup in a sealed jar until ready to use.
Prepare the Mojitos:
2. To prepare one cocktail, fill a glass with ice, and chopped (or muddled) mint leaves. Add 2 to 3 tablespoons (to taste) of the honey lime mint syrup, 2 ounces of white rum, and fill the remainder of the glass with sparkling water. Stir well and squeeze fresh lime juice over the cocktail before serving.
3. To prepare a large batch of mojitos, add all of the syrup to a large pitcher, along with 2 to 3 cups of white rum (depending upon desired strength). Stir well, then add 2-1/2 to 3 25-ounce bottles of sparkling water (such as Pellegrino). Stir well again and pour mojitos into glasses with ice and chopped (or muddled) mint leaves.
Yield: 12 mojitos