The Mojito is a traditional Cuban cocktail that is sweet, tart, and has the flavor of fresh mint in it. This recipe originally published in November 2011.
It's summer and since I'm not working that means it's cocktail time! Sure I'm with my son most of the time but that only means that cocktail time starts at 8pm instead of earlier.
I like cocktails that are cool and refreshing in the heat of the summer. One of my summer favorites is the mojito. I love the tartness of the lime paired with the sweetness from the simple syrup with the light flavor of fresh mint.
- white rum
- fresh mint leaves
- fresh lime juice
- simple syrup
- seltzer water
To make the mojito combine the rum, mint, and lime juice in a tall glass. Muddle the ingredients together to get the mint to release its flavor.
Fill the same glass with ice.
Add the simple syrup and mix well.
Fill the rest of the glass with seltzer glass. Add a straw, stir, and enjoy!
My garden is full of mint so this is a great way to use it. While my original recipe only used 5 mint leaves I usually use a good handful from the garden because I have so much of it.
Feel free to use as much or as little mint as you'd like. While a traditional mojito uses spearmint I use peppermint because it's what I grow. Any fresh mint will work.
I usually end up making these at home because most places I frequent don't make them because they don't have fresh mint available.
Can I use any type of fresh mint?
Yes! Use your preference or whatever you have available. Please don't use mint extract as it's no where near the same experience. You have to use fresh mint.
Can I use bottled lime juice?
Of course you can. I prefer fresh because the flavor is better but bottle lime juice is fine in a pinch. You can even use key lime juice to change it up a bit.
Can I use something instead of seltzer water?
You can use any type of fizzy water. While I prefer to use plain you could use lemon or lime flavored and it would simply add to the over all flavor. If you don't have fizzy water I've used ginger ale or lemon lime soda in a pinch. Just reduce the amount of simple syrup when adding a soda.
I don't have simple syrup, can I make it?
Yes! Simple syrup is simply equal parts of water and sugar. Place in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and let cool. Store in the refrigerator.
I started making mojitos 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.
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- 1.5 oz. Bicardi light rum
- 5 fresh mint leaves
- 2 Tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 1 Tablespoon simple syrup
- 4 oz. seltzer water
- Lime wedge and mint leaves for garnish
- 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.
- 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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