How to Make a Mojito
I think I’ve mentioned before how much I love summer and even though school starts in a couple of weeks, I’m hanging on to the last few drips of relaxing sunshine. I love refreshing summer drinks even more. Some have alcohol and some don’t. My goal this summer was to learn How to Make a Mojito. This refreshing drink with a hint of mint is so perfect for a hot afternoon. But then again, so are my Pink Grapefruit Margaritas……..or maybe my Brazilian Lemonade.
Once upon a time I actually worked in the mint fields. I can’t really remember what I actually did, but the smell was over powering and ruined more shoes than I care to think of. I’ve planted pots of different kinds of mint just to make my deck or yard smell nice, but now I’m going to have to start growing it for me, now that I’ve mastered how to make a mojito……..my way.
Drinking anything minty never had my interest until I was at a BBQ a few years ago and someone handed me the most delicious drink I’d ever had. Granted it was about 99 degrees out, which I’m sure made it seem even that much more refreshing. I asked how they made it and my eyes glazed over when it started sounding like it had way too many steps. “Pour this, muddle that“. Recently after ordering one at a really great Thai restaurant……..I vowed to learn.
I’m not a purist by any means, so if you’re a rule follower or if you feel I’ve broken any Mojito rules, you’ll just have to move on, because I am NOT a bar tender and I never follow a recipe completely, but I’ve learned to make it just the way we enjoy them. I’ve learned we like using diet tonic water rather than club soda…….but I like club soda better than sparkling water….you just have to figure out what works for you.
Between all the cooking I do with limes and now the Mojitos…… I’m buying a lot of limes…..and I’ve learned that when sitting in a white bowl looking all pretty, they lose their color after about 5 days and start looking more like a lemon. Odd.
- Limes (3 or 4 slices for each drink)
- Mint leaves (5 or 6 for each drink)
- One shot Simple Syrup for each drink (or sugar, or you can actually make your own simple syrup)
- Diet Tonic Water
- White Rum (one shot each drink)
- Crushed Ice
- Place one slice of lime and 5 or 6 mint leaves in the bottom of your glass.
- Using a Muddler, muddle the limes and mint until well crushed
- Add 2 more slices of lime with your shot of Simple Syrup
- Muddle again
- Add your shot of White Rum
- Fill to the rim with crushed ice
- Pour diet tonic water to the top of your glass
- Stir and enjoy!
When stirring, I don't like to stir the mint to the top. It always gets stuck on my teeth. Not pretty.
Most recipes use Club Soda. We didn't have it and used Diet Tonic. After trying the recipe again with club soda, we actually preferred the tonic. Personal preference.
So tell me……..What’s your favorite summertime drink?