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Mojitos

5 stars based on 6 votes

My kids are at sleepaway camp for a few weeks, so there’s not much cooking or food shopping going on chez moi.  At night, my poor husband wanders back and forth from the fridge to the pantry, somehow hoping food will miraculously appear. I told him that if he’s hungry, he’s more than welcome to go to the store — but, as for me, I’m enjoying a break from feeding our little monsters and all their hungry friends. I am, however, thinking of a cocktail…

mint

See all that mint spreading like wildfire right outside my back door? Let’s make Mojitos :)

ingredients

To begin, you’ll need fresh mint, rum, club soda, limes and superfine sugar. You can find superfine sugar at most supermarkets — it dissolves quickly, which means you don’t have to fuss with making a simple syrup (regular sugar takes forever to dissolve and can make your cocktail gritty). Simply mix the lime juice and sugar and stir until the sugar dissolves, then tear the mint leaves in half and add them to the glass. Using a muddle stick or end of a wooden spoon, gently stir and mash the mint to release the mint oils. Top with rum, ice, and club soda, then tuck the remaining mint sprigs and lime wedges into the top of glass.

mojito-1

These mojitos are tart and sweet — how I like them — so feel free to adjust the lime juice and sugar to suit your taste. Enjoy!

Mojitos

Servings: 1 drink
Total Time: 5 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice, from about 2 limes
  • 4 heaping teaspoons superfine sugar
  • 12 fresh mint leaves, divided, plus more for garnish
  • 1/4 cup white rum
  • 1/4 cup club soda
  • 1 cup crushed ice
  • Lime wedges, for serving

Instructions

  1. In a tall (10-ounce) glass, combine the lime juice and sugar and stir until the sugar dissolves. Tear the mint leaves in half and add them to the glass. Using a muddle stick or end of a wooden spoon, gently stir and mash the mint to release the mint oils. Add the rum, crushed ice, and club soda. Stir, then tuck remaining the mint sprigs and lime wedges into the top of glass.

Reviews & Comments

  • 5 stars

    A nice alternative addition to this recipe for those who don’t drink or are going light is to substitute ginger beer for the vodka. It adds a nice twist while removing the alcohol. Those who like it sweeter can add a touch of simple syrup.

    - Cindy Buchanan on December 3, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This is my go-to basic mojito recipe because the proportions of ingredients are just right. If I want a flavored mojito I simply swap out the rum (using Bacardi Dragonberry, etc) and a few fresh fruit slices for color.

    - Atam on November 3, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Great basic mojo to recipe. Not having to make simple syrup is such a bonus. Perfectly refreshing.

    - Claire on August 27, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Basic recipe and I love the touch of eliminating the need to make a simple syrup. Sometimes I don’t want to wait and I love the superfine sugars to eliminate that need. This one tasted great to me!

    - Brandy on August 26, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I made this drink tonight and love it. It’s easy to make and very refreshing with this heatwave that’s going on outside. It’s a lot easier than making a simple syrup and simplicity is what I was going for this evening. The lime juice and muddled mint add a great flavor to the mojito. Hits the spot.

    - Mary on July 9, 2015 Reply
  • 4 stars

    Nice recipe. I love Mojito’s and good use of the ton of mint that we have growing. I have tried using sugar before but in all my trials the very best thing was to make simple syrup and let a bunch of mint leaves steep in it for an hour while it cools. It takes a bit longer to prep, but man.. nothing can compare. For a party I get a pile of mint leaves, squeeze limes for about 3 cups of juice, make a big pot of syrup, few bottles of rum and club soda. Typical ratio I use is 2oz syrup, 1.5oz lime juice, 1.5oz rum or more depending on your day :), shake with ice. then muddle mint leaves in a glass, fill with ice, put in shaker contents and top with club soda. Depends on the glass size and how tart/sweet you like it but this makes an amazing mojito IMHO.

    - Greg Pajak on July 9, 2015 Reply

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