I think tonight is a great night for a Classic Mojito. I believe we’ve got a touch of Indian Summer breaking through what has been a crazy week of weather and my fresh mint is still thriving in it’s own private garden. I had my first Mojito several years ago while vacationing in Puerto Rico. Already a rum lover….I was quickly hooked. I’ve since made Keylime Mojitos, Strawberry Mojitos, and still my favorite The Classic Mojito.
All really good Mojitos have a dash of simple syrup. For a Classic Mojito, we begin with one cup of water and one cup of sugar in a small sauce pan. Bring the sugar water to a boil, then remove from the heat. Add in 3-4 mint sprigs and allow the mixture to steep for an hour or so, then chill completely before using. If I’m making Strawberry Mojitos, I slice strawberries then sprinkle them generously with sugar and a splash of juice (any kind); cover them and refrigerate for an hour or two….voila strawberry simple syrup.
In a shaker or tall glass, add a handful of mint leaves, 2 lime wedges, and a little simple syrup. Using a muddler, mash the mint and lime to release their flavors. Then add ice cubes and a shot of rum and shake well. Pour into a tall glass and top with a splash of club soda (or as I prefer Sprite Zero). Stir and let the Mojito happen. Take a sip…you’ll slowly begin to feel that bomba beat. Love The Mojito!!
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 3-4 sprigs fresh Mint
- 6 oz. light Rum
- 1 lime, cut into wedges
- Simple syrup
- 8-10 mint leaves
- 12 oz. club soda (or Sprite Zero)
- Combine sugar and water in a small pan over medium heat; cook until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and toss in mint sprigs. Allow to steep for about an hour, then chill syrup.
- In shaker or tall glass, add 8-10 mint leaves, 2 lime wedges, and a dash of simple syrup. Then muddle until well smashed.
- Fill shaker with ice, then add Rum and shake.
- Pour into tall glass and top with 1-2 oz. club soda.
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