Normally high maintenance drinks are ‘off’ the menu at 488. This is the one and only exception to the rule. You will have to work hard for this refreshing, thirst-quenching delight, but I promise you there is nothing better on a hot summer day! My mouth is watering already!
Peel from 4 large limes (green part only, use a veg peeler to remove in 2 inch long strips)
1 c freshly squeezed lime juice
8 1/4 inch thick slices of peeled fresh ginger
1/4 c sugar
30 large fresh mint leaves plus 10 or so for garnishing
1 c Brazilian rum
5 c ginger beer or ginger ale (don’t get the cheap stuff in a plastic bottle!)
Combine the lime peel, lime juice, ginger, sugar and 30 mint leaves in mortar. Use muddler or pestle to crush the lime peel, ginger, and mint leaves together. Transfer to a large pitcher. Stir in the rum. Cover and refrigerate.
Right before serving add the ginger beer. Serve over ice and garnish with mint sprigs.