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If you want a cool summer cocktail, look no further than an herbalicious mojito

In Greek mythology, Minthe was a beautiful water nymph who caught the eye of King Hades (also known as Pluto, the ruler of the underworld). King Hades was a married man dallying where he shouldn’t, and it wasn’t long before his affair with the lovely Minthe came to light. His wife, the goddess Persephone, possessed an unwieldy temper, and in a jealous rage she cast a spell on the young Minthe, turning her into a lowly plant to be trampled upon. And trample upon her Persephone did. Poor, sad Hades could not undo what his wife had done to his lover, but he was able to impart a sweet scent upon Minthe’s leaves, so that each time she was trod upon a wonderful aroma was released.

Fast forward to the real world. Southern ladies and gentlemen love their mint, for it is the herb of hospitality. Mint tea, mint juleps, mint jelly, there are so many wonderful ways to enjoy its freshness while sharing a moment with neighbors. Best known in cocktail culture for its use in mint juleps, its spikiness is enhanced when paired with a spirit, crushed ice, sugar and lime. Gentle muddling releases aromatic oils, infusing the cocktail with its cooling sweetness. Mint arouses the senses, settles a queasy stomach, lightens the mood and dances on the tongue.

Mojo Mint Cocktail
1.5 oz. Stiletto Mint Vodka
1 oz. fresh lime juice
1/2 oz. simple syrup
splash of ginger ale

Combine Stiletto Mint Vodka, lime juice and simple syrup. Shake and strain over ice in a Collins glass. Top with ginger ale. Garnish with a sprig of mint and a dusting of powdered sugar.