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.


  • 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


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.



* 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.

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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