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Classic Mojito from Lemony Thyme

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.

Strawberry 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.

Classic Mojito

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!!

The Classic Mojito {TGIF}
 
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Recipe type: Cocktail
Serves: 4
Ingredients
For simple syrup...
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 3-4 sprigs fresh Mint
For Mojito...
  • Ice
  • 6 oz. light Rum
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges
  • Simple syrup
  • 8-10 mint leaves
  • 12 oz. club soda (or Sprite Zero)
Instructions
For simple syrup...
  1. 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.
For Mojito...
  1. In shaker or tall glass, add 8-10 mint leaves, 2 lime wedges, and a dash of simple syrup. Then muddle until well smashed.
  2. Fill shaker with ice, then add Rum and shake.
  3. Pour into tall glass and top with 1-2 oz. club soda.
Notes
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.

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