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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}

Libby with Lemony Thyme
Course Cocktail
Servings 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…

  • 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…

  • 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.

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.