Champagne Mojitos

A favorite of Ernest Hemingway as well as mine, I was inspired from my faculty luncheon to create Champagne Mojitos on Friday for Jimmy's and Katie's birthday! Thanks so much for helping me with the sugar water April! The recipe is from Food & Wine. Cheers!!

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Ingredients

3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup water
1 1/2 cups packed mint leaves, plus 12 mint sprigs, for garnish
6 limes, cut into wedges
2 cups light rum
Cracked ice
cups Champagne or sparkling wine

Directions

1. In a small saucepan, combine the sugar and water and cook over high heat just until the sugar has dissolved. Let cool to room temperature.

2. In a large pitcher, combine the sugar syrup with the mint leaves and lime wedges and muddle well with a wooden spoon. Add the rum and stir well. Strain the drink into another pitcher.

3. Fill tall glasses with cracked ice and pour in the drink, filling them about two-thirds full. Top with Champagne, garnish with the mint sprigs and serve.