One of my favorite adult beverages is the mojito. I love the tartness of the lime paired with the sweetness from the simple syrup with the light flavor of mint. It's definitely a refreshing summer drink but most places I frequent don't make them because they don't have fresh mint available.
Lucky for me I have plenty of mint growing in my garden. In fact, it continues to spread and grow each year. Mint in the garden is great because it will grow around anything and puts off a light, sweet scent all summer long. It's also handy for those days when it's 90 degrees and I need a refreshing mojito.
I started making this beverage several years ago using trial and error and over the years I've perfected it to my tastes. You may need a little more lime or simple syrup depending on how you like your mojito. Either way this it a cool, crisp drink perfect for the hot weather.
Mojitos (a Hezzi-D recipe)
1.5 oz. Bicardi light rum
5 fresh mint leaves
2 T. fresh lime juice
1 T. simple syrup
4 oz. seltzer water (I like lime flavored)
Lime wedge and mint leaves for garnish
1. Pour the rum into a cocktail shaker. Tear the mint leaves to pieces and place them in the shaker as well. Add in the lime juice. Use the back of a spoon and muddle the contents of the shaker for 1 minute.
2. Add in the simple syrup and ice. Cover the shaker and shake for 30 seconds. Pour in a tall glass over ice. Top the mixture with seltzer water and stir with a swizzle stick. Garnish with lime wedge and mint leaves.
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