Now that summer is here in full swing, it’s time for mojitos!
The mojito is a Cuban rum drink, with mint and lime that is cool and refreshing and tastes great. I believe that the name “mojito” means “little magic” with the same root as “mojo” as in “Got my mojo working”. Afro-Cuban.
I have the BEST recipe for mojitos, developed over the past several years, and hundreds of mojitos. Make each individually for best results. I have tried to make batches, they don’t come out as well. If I expect company, I mix up everything except the ice and soda ahead of time in separate glasses.
For each mojito, you’ll need:
- A morter and pestle. I have one dedicated to mojitos – I didn’t want to use the one we use to crush garlic and herbs!
- 12 large fresh mint leaves. “Large” means 2 inch length. Use more if you have smaller leaves.
- 2 heaping teaspoons of Sugar in the Raw. White sugar works, too, but the coarser Sugar in the Raw tears through the mint more easily.
- 1/2 big, juicy lime. Look for limes with a smooth skin, they are the juiciest. Sometimes, I’ll use a whole lime per drink.
- A shot of rum. I prefer Havana Club Añejo which is a dark Cuban rum. Try different rums and see what you like. Virgin mojitos are also good for the kids or friends who don’t drink. I sometimes use 1/2 shot if it’s early on a hot day.
- Lots of ice cubes.
- Soda water or seltzer. I use the Isi Soda Siphon, available at Amazon, Target, Wal-mart, etc. It makes a seltzer with tiny bubbles and delivers a nice fizz all the way to the end of the bottle. Cheaper than bottled soda which goes flat and leaves a plastic bottle that pollutes the environment.
- Put the sugar and mint leaves in a morter and use the pestle to grind the leaves up until they are a green mess. Totally ripped apart. This releases the minty oils.
- Squeeze the lime juice into the mint/sugar mixture and stir with the pestle, using juice to help dissolve the sugar from the sides of the morter. Get as much juice as you can. I use a juicing tool.
- Put a couple of ice cubes in the bottom of a tall glass (to keep stuff from sticking to the bottom of the glass) and pour the lime-mint-sugar mixture over them.
- Pour the shot of rum into the morter to help rinse stray sugar and mint, then pour into the glass.
- Fill the glass to the rim with ice cubes.
- Pour seltzer to the top. Stir with a straw and garnish with mint leaves.
- Enjoy the ultimate cool summer drink.
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