If you feel like celebrating, here's the perfect cocktail!
8 servings, 8 oz. each
60 fresh mint leaves
1 cup sugar
8 limes, divided (slice 4 and juice remaining)
1 bottle cold (750 ml) light rum
1 qt. club soda
Coarsely tear the mint and place in a wide shallow bowl. Add sugar, lime and lime juice; mash with a wooden spoon. Scrape into 2 qt. serving pitcher.
Fill pitcher with ice. Add rum; stir.
To serve, pour over ice in tall glasses, filling halfway. Fill glasses with club soda. Stir with long spoon. Top with a sprig of mint and slice of lime for garnish.
For an even more potent cocktail, replace the club soda with white sparkling wine.