Lemon Mint Syrup for Mojito

It’s been a tradition for years now. On the evening before the Queens Birthday, aka Koninginnedag, in the Netherlands, which is not actually the Queens Birthday, but a National holiday anyway, we hang out in downtown Utrecht, together with about 50,000 fellow-Dutch people. This year we celebrate the Queens Abdication. On April 30 2013 she’ll resign and Prince Willem-Alexander will become our King. Anyway, a great excuse to meet with friends and share drinks while watching the crazy Orange festivities all over town. It is also a tradition to bring some drinks, beer will do, but some stronger alcoholic drink will keep you warm wile celebrating in the streets at night.
This year I’m preparing ready-made Mojito’s.

225g/1 cup cane sugar

225ml/ 1 cup water

4 slices of ginger

zest and juice of 2 limes

Big handful of mint leaves, coursely chopped

Bring sugar, water, lime juice, zest and ginger slices to a boil.

After a few minutes, turn of the heat, let cool for a few minutes. Stir in chopped mint leaves and let it cool down for about 10 minutes.

Pass through a sieve. Ready to use or keep in a refrigerator.

Sufficient syrup for about half a liter of rum, so yes, I made a double portion.

*Try-out version with Havana Anejo*