Mmm… Mojito

I posted the photo at right – of a delicious mojito I made with mint from my porch garden – on Facebook yesterday, and someone requested the recipe, so I thought I would share it here. It’s pretty simple, and also easy to adjust depending on how sweet and/or strong you like your drinks. I’m not a huge fan of sweet drinks, and I like my drinks big but not especially strong, so that’s the baseline I’m working from.

Ingredients:

  • fresh mint leaves (maybe 10 or so – I don’t usually count)
  • 1 lime
  • 1 ounce simple syrup *
  • 2 ounces white rum
  • soda water
  • ice

Instructions:

Juice the lime in the bottom of a large glass (I use a 20-ounce). Cut the lime remnants into 4-8 pieces and toss in on top of the juice. Add the simple syrup, rum, and mint. Muddle  – that is, smash it all up good – with a wooden spoon. Fill glass with ice, top off with club soda. Give it a thorough stir, and drink up!

I’ve seen variations that involve adding strawberries or blueberries, and some that call for Sprite instead of soda water, so it really is quite adaptable.

Enjoy!

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* simple syrup = 1:1 ratio of sugar to water, boiled until the sugar is completely dissolved, and then for another minute or so after that. I usually make one cup water, one cup sugar and stash the rest in the fridge, where it keeps pretty well for future mojito needs.

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3 thoughts on “Mmm… Mojito

  1. maryann June 12, 2012 / 5:01 pm

    Prettiest drink around – I could look at it all day! But unfortunately, not a fan. What I really wanted to say was that your Dad was a great fan of “muddling” ( ask me sometime 🙂 If you don’t have a muddler, we’d like to gift you with one.

  2. Fran June 12, 2012 / 10:08 pm

    Maryann, you are right. All the dinners we shared at Corteese was always preceeded by a muddled scotch old fashioned (or two) … the best. Happy Fathers Day to your Daddy and mine 😉

  3. Mom June 13, 2012 / 5:03 am

    Yes, fond memory. And, Jim always patiently explained to many a young food server what “muddling” meant 😊. Not my drink of choice either — too sweet — but I kept the recipe anyway!

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