THE FRESH MINT MOJITO
- 8 oz. white rum
- 4 limes
- 2-3 oz. mint simple syrup*
- 16 oz. seltzer/club soda/sparkling water
- 4 mint sprigs
- Wash limes, squeeze the juice of 2 limes into the pitcher.
- Cut remaining 2 limes into wedges so each lime yields 8 pieces. Reserve 4 lime wedges. Squeeze 12 lime wedges into pitcher (toss in wedges after you squeeze in juice.)
- Add rum and mint simple syrup to pitcher and stir – now you have your “mojito juice.”
- Fill glasses halfway with ice and then halfway with “mojito juice”. Top with seltzer/club soda, stir with stirrer, and dress drink with a lime wedge and mint sprig.
*Taste your cocktail before serving, if you like your mojito sweeter/more minty, stir in a little more mint simple syrup.
Mint Infused Simple Syrup – the beauty of infused simple syrup is that you are free to imbibe without green mint in your teeth. A party faux pas!
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup water
- ½ cup fresh mint leaves
- Heat sugar and water in non-stick saucepan, stirring until sugar is dissolved.
- Remove from heat, add mint, cover, and allow to steep for five minutes.
- Strain mint through a fine mesh sieve. Store simple syrup in refrigerator for up to one week.
Note: Although this recipe is for 4, you can easily double/triple it. This recipe provides for making the base of the drink before guests arrive so you can simply pour over ice, top with seltzer and serve. Set up a signature drink station/bar with the pitcher of pre-made mojito base along with glasses, a bucket of ice and scoop, seltzer and aromatic springs of mint. As your guests arrive, mix their drink (it’s a simple drink to mix and it feels special) – this way the drinks don’t get watered down and the seltzer stays bubbly. You can replenish the station as necessary and allow guests to help themselves thereafter – this gives guests the freedom to refresh their drinks at their leisure and also control the strength of their next drink.