I’ve got so much mint in my backyard it would be irresponsible to not make a batch of mojitos. The classic mojito recipe is a Cuban born summer favorite made with white rum, fresh mint leaves, lime juice (or wedges), sugar (simple syrup), and soda water for a little fizz.
A classic mojito is essentially the base cocktail for several fruitier variations such as the blackberry or strawberry mojito. The best part is you can basically muddle in any fruit you want and have different cocktails. Build your own mojito bar, anyone?
How to Make a Mojito
A mojito is known for it’s freshly muddled minty flavor. The cocktail is created by muddling fresh lime wedges (or lime juice) with fresh mint leaves and sugar. The mojito is then shaken in a shaker or stirred in a serving glass with white rum and then topped with soda water as a final fizzy touch. The perfect concoction for any summer occasion.
Invest in a Muddler
For any mojito recipe, you’re going to want to invest in a muddler. A muddler is a handheld wooden bar tool with a wide flat head on one end. A muddler is used to mash and pulverize fruits and fresh herbs to extract flavors in cocktails. They’re inexpensive and a solid addition to any home bar set.
Simple Syrup = Better Mojitos
Simple syrup or simple sugar is the key to a good mojito. Why? Liquid sugar syrup easily mixes/dissolves into the cocktail instead of sinking to the bottom like granulated sugar. You can buy it, but it’s REALLY easy to make at home with equal parts of very hot water and regular sugar. That’s right 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water renders about 2 cups simple sugar.
You can make it in the microwave easily by heating a pyrex measuring cup in 30-second intervals, stirring in between.
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The classic mojito is a refreshing summer favorite made with white rum, fresh mint leaves, lime juice (or wedges), sugar (simple syrup), and soda water for a little fizz.
- 2 ounces white rum
- 2 ounces club soda
- 1/2 ounce lime juice, or 3 lime wedges
- 6–7 mint leaves
- 1/2–3/4 ounce simple syrup (1 tablespoon of sugar will do)
- Cup of ice
- In a Boston shaker, muddle limes, mint leaves, (optional fruit), and simple syrup until pulverized. Add rum and ice and shake or stir vigorously for 10 seconds.
- Pour contents into a glass (no straining) and top with two ounces of club soda. Stir and garnish with mint leaves.
For different variations, add blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, mangos, kiwis, blueberries, you name it.
- Serving Size: 1 cocktail
- Calories: 182
- Sugar: 10.7g
- Sodium: 20mg
- Fat: .02g
- Saturated Fat: 0g
- Carbohydrates: 13.6g
- Fiber: 1.6g
- Protein: 0.8g
- Cholesterol: 0mg
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