Mojitos are a quintessential summer cocktailSweet, flavorful, and refreshing, these cocktails are often mixed poorly by bartenders who lack access to fresh ingredients like mint and lime.  Simple syrups, sour mix, and inadequately-muddled mint can turn a good cocktail into a sugary mess.  Learn how to make your own and keep this recipe in your back pocket for summer cookouts.

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Enjoying mojitos on the porch

There are a lot of ways to make Mojitos.

If you want a good mojito, it’s not about fancy rum.  It’s about using fresh mint and a little elbow grease.

Here is my tried-and-tested fresh-mint Mojito recipe that has everyone claiming “you didn’t put enough rum in mine” until 5 minutes after they’ve gulped down their first glass.  Most folks don’t make it past two…

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Mojito-making supplies: White rum, Fresh Mint, Lime, and Sprite

 

Ingredients (per glass 8-12 oz glass):

2-3 3″ or longer mint springs with decent-sized leaves (or one long one, obviously.  The more mint, really, the better)
1/3 tsp sugar
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1 part (4 oz?) sprite, or sierra mist, or some other lemon-lime soda
1 part (2+ shots worth, as you dare) white rum

I use none other than Ronrico..silver Caribbean rum–just $15.99 at my local liquor store for 1.75L.  Before you judge, try it You’ll go through a lot if you make these Mojitos so you might as well save a few dollars!

  • Use a muddler or mortar & pestle if you have one, or if not, a mug and something to mash the mint with (the handle of a crab mallet has served me well on many occasions).  Add 1/3 tsp sugar and a little squirt of lime to the mint and muddle until thoroughly bruised.
  • Fill a glass with ice (crushed ice is preferable)
  • Fill glass to 1/2 full with rum. Depending on how your ice is arrayed in the glass you’ll get more/less alcohol, so scale according to preference.
  • Juice the rest of the 1/2 a lime into the glass with a citrus juicer.
  • Top with Sprite or other lemon-lime soda
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How To make a Mojito: Muddle the mint with a little sugar and lime juice

 

Tips:

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MMM mojito

  • After muddling, some of the mint/lime/sugar flavor may be stuck in the container you bruised it in.  Add a splash of soda to that container before pouring the mint mixture into your glass to help transfer more of it.
  • You can twist a Mojito recipe by adding a little muddled cucumber to make it even more refreshing.
  • Add a dash of Chambord or other berry liqueur to sweeten the drink and add a little color
  • The mint is delicious to eat.  But have a friend check your teeth regularly…

Virgin Mojitos:

This drink works out to be delicious even without alcohol.  Substitute club soda, tonic, fizzy mineral water/seltzer, or a combination of all three (depending on how sweet you like your drink).

Enjoy!

 

 

April 26, 2011