2 cups sugar
2 cups water
1.5 cups mint leaves, shredded*
12 oz. lime juice
6-8 cups water
Place first three ingredients in a saucepan and boil for 3-5 minutes. Allow to return to room temperature uncovered. Strain through a fine sieve and mix syrup, lime juice, and water in a pitcher. Serve with lots of ice and a sprig of mint, and maybe some bourbon or vodka, if you’re a responsible adult.
*Those adventurous cooks who cannot grow mint but seem to have no trouble with catnip can use said catnip (aka cat mint) instead. The flavor will be a little earthier, and it may mellow you out, but the flavor’s just as good.
UPDATE: I lied. The flavor is way better with sweet mint.