It’s finally 85 degrees out on this spring day as I write this after one of the coldest, longest New England winters I’ve felt in a long time. So what does this streak of nice weather mean? You bust out those refreshing summer cocktails. Enter strawberry mojito.
The strawberry mojito is one of my favorite warm weather go-to cocktails—super refreshing, fresh, and not too sweet. The best part is you can create so many mojito variations by simply adding different muddled fruits. I introduced the blackberry mojito a while back, but today I’m tackling the even better strawberry mojito.
How to Make an Authentic Mojito
The classic mojito ingredients consist of light rum, fresh lime wedges, fresh mint leaves, sugar, and a splash of soda water. Pulverized with a muffler and mixed with ice.
There isn’t much of a science to this strawberry spinoff of the Cuba born mojito, but I will recommend you always use fresh ingredients for the most authentic results. I always use simple syrup over sugar because it easily dissolves into the cocktail. Table sugar tends to settle on the bottom.
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
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A classic mojito made with fresh muddled strawberries, mint, and limes.
- 2 ounces white rum
- 2 ounces club soda
- 1/2 ounce lime juice, or 3 lime wedges
- 6–7 mint leaves
- 2–3 strawberries, muddled
- 3/4 ounce simple syrup (1 tablespoon of sugar will do)
- Cup of ice
- In a Boston shaker, muddle limes, mint leaves, strawberries, and simple syrup (or sugar) until pulverized. Add rum and ice and shake for 10 seconds.
- Pour contents into a glass (no straining) and top with two ounces of club soda. Stir and garnish with more mint leaves.
- Serving Size: 1
- Calories: 214
- Sugar: 2g
- Sodium: 28mg
- Fat: 0.1g
- Saturated Fat: 0g
- Carbohydrates: 21.8g
- Fiber: 0.8g
- Protein: 0.3g
- Cholesterol: 0mg
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