Stiff Mojito

I've always enjoyed a mojito. The refreshing combination of rum, mint, and lime juice isn't too sweet or too sour. But I don't look forward to the muddling. I prefer mixing a few things together, perhaps shaking a bit, and then enjoying the results.

One day, I had a handful of fresh mint on hand so I decided to make simple syrup and infuse it with the mint. No muddling would be required. This was simple enough: make the simple syrup and add the mint as the sugar dissolves, let it steep until the syrup has captured much of the mint essence (about 15 minutes), and finally, strain out the mint.

I didn't have any soda, so I combined everything in a mojito and left it out. The result was a nice sipping cocktail.

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