Playing bartender during a party can be a bore. But there is one drink that is the absolute worst to make a la carte: the Mojito. There’s a reason it’s one of the cocktails bartenders don’t particularly like to make. There’s mint slapping, there’s muddling, there’s stirring, there’s sticky simple syrup—it is time consuming, to say the least. You shouldn’t spend your whole time mixing and muddling at your own party, but you should give the people what they want. The solution: a big-batch, crowd-friendly pitcherful of Mojitos.
Made with white rum, simple syrup, fresh lime juice, club soda and lots of fresh mint, this refreshing, cooling punch is so easy to make. Slap the mint to activate its aromas (it really does make a difference), muddle it in the pitcher with simple syrup, top with lime juice (fresh-squeezed!) and white rum, and then, when you’re ready to serve it, top it all off with club soda for some spritz and fill it with ice. To serve, pour the cocktail into glasses (both highballs and lowballs work, depending on how much you want to serve people) filled with fresh ice and garnish each glass with a little bouquet of mint. No one will be the wiser that you didn’t sweat over every single serving. Tip: If you want to scale this recipe up and use an entire 750-ml bottle of rum, scale everything else up by a factor of three.