The best thing you can for yourself is learn how to make a mojito. Never fear, this will take about 30 seconds. Mojitos are simple to make and so refreshing to drink. You’ll feel like Tom Cruise in “Cocktail” when you serve these to your guests. They look and taste much fancier and more complicated than they are to make.
Mojitos are a regular drink for me during the summer.
Summery weather in Maine is a rare and beautiful thing. Most years we seem to have more cloudy, foggy, breezy, cool days than we do sunny days. So when it’s sunny and even the teensiest bit warm, it’s time to celebrate with cocktails, especially when they’re made with fresh herbs from the garden.
Since I’m a master mint grower (you gardeners will laugh at that proclamation since mint grows like a weed), an evening mojito just makes sense. However, mojitos are a good drink any time of year after a hard day’s work. Even if that work was shoveling out from a blizzard. 🙂
I concede that I am Amazon’s b..tch but I didn’t buy the muddler from Amazon, I bought it at a little kitchen supply store called Betsy’s Sunflower, one town over. What I like about this particular muddler, which is made by Outset, is the nylon head, which is grooved and effective at crushing the mint thoroughly so all the herb’s oils are released.
I lost my muddler a few years ago so I had been using a wooden citrus reamer. A few mojitos into my new muddler and I have to say, the muddler was a good purchase. I don’t think I was getting a sufficient mint crush with the citrus reamer.
However, if you’re really into minimalism, you can use a spoon instead of a muddler but you’ll have to work a lot harder to crush the mint into the lime juice.
By the way, if you follow the recipe above and you’re out of club soda and or lime juice, and don’t want to run to the store, I’ve made decent mojitos with lemon/lime soda, rum and mint leaves.
For mint, I grow something called Mojito Mint in my garden. However, if you want to be really authentic, look for a mint of Cuban origin called yerba buena.
Tell me what your favorite cocktail is! Leave a comment.
- 2 limes, cut in half
- 1 to 2 handfuls of fresh mint leaves
- 4 ounces rum (regular or spiced)
- club soda
- two teaspoons superfine sugar (can blend granulated sugar in food processor)
- 2 highball glasses
- Squeeze juice of two lime halves into each high ball glass
- Drizzle a teaspoon of superfine sugar over lime juice
- Add five to six mint leaves to each glass
- Stick muddler in glass and crush leaves until oils are released, bonus points if you can shake your hips to the motion of the muddler
- Pack ice in each glass
- Pour two ounces of rum over ice in each glass
- Top off with club soda
- Give each drink a stir (unless you want to get all Tom Cruise in "Cocktail" and mix everything up in a cocktail shaker
- Sprinkle with more mint leaves and leftover lime wedges
- Serves two