Mojito Recipe: Muddle Your Way Happy
Freshly crushed mint and freshly squeezed lime juice combine with rum, ice and a bit of club soda for a bracingly fresh drink.
Mojitos are my favorite drink
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.
Why mojitos should be your favorite drink too
The best cocktails are packed with herbs and fresh citrus, like one of my other favorites, Lemon Drop Martinis.
Fresh herbs and citrus are good for you. Plus fresh citrus juices like lemon, lime and grapefruit, are packed with Vitamin C.
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. 🙂
You’ll want a tool called a muddler to use to crush the mint. A muddler is best but you can also use a teaspoon or a citrus reamer.
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.
- 2 limes juiced, 1/4 cup
- 16 to 24 fresh mint leaves
- 2 tsp super fine sugar
- 1/2 cup rum white or spice
- 2 cups ice
- 1/2 cup club soda
1. Squeeze juice of one lime into each glass
2. Sprinkle a teaspoon of superfine sugar over lime juice
3. Add mint leaves to each glass
4. Crush leaves with muddler until oils are released, bonus points if you can shake your hips to the motion of the muddler
5. Add ice to each glass
6. Pour two ounces rum in each glass
7. Top with club soda
8. Give each drink a stir (unless you want to get all Tom Cruise in "Cocktail" and mix everything up in a cocktail shaker
9, Sprinkle with more mint leaves and leftover lime wedges
Tell me what your favorite cocktail is! Leave a comment.