So far, there is only one drink that Katryn and I have found that can tear us away from our beloved Margarita: the Mojito! There is something magical about the way the rum, mint, and lime mix to create the perfect refreshing drink to help enjoy the weekend or to unwind after a long day of work. The only thing that keeps us from making Mojitos more is the large amounts of mint and limes that we have to keep stockpiled and the extra work of making the simple syrup or muddling the mint and limes. We actually have a full 3′ foot planter on our balcony devoted to growing mint in order to enable our Mojito habit and we still have to buy mint sometimes!
While the margarita will always be our first love, the Mojito has stolen our heart this summer.
If you want a Mojito with a little bit of zing to it you can also check out our Ginger Lime Mojito.
15 leaves of mint
2 shots white rum
1.5 limes (3 limes for two mojitos, 1.5 for each)
1/2 shot simple syrup (directions below)
Splash of Seltzer Water
1. Cut a lime in half and then quarter one half of the lime. Place two quartered wedges in the bottom of your cocktail mixer. Then place the mint leaves into mixer and the other two quartered lime wedges on top. Muddle mint and lime wedges well with a large wooden spoon.
2. Squeeze the two remaining lime halves into mixer. Pour the 1/2 shot of simple syrup and 2 shots of rum into mixer, add ice and shake well. Pour into glass and add a dash of seltzer water.
(All of these ingredients can be adjusted to your personal taste but this is what I have settled on for my perfect Mojito. Katryn likes less rum and simple syrup but more lime juice.)
(this makes enough simple syrup for two mojitos)
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
1. Combine sugar and water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and cook until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from the heat and cool. (simple syrup can still be hot when poured into drink mixer as long as you shake with ice)