I can't think of a more refreshing cocktail for a hot summer day. A dangerously good (and classic) mojito is made with fresh mint and limes (you cannot use any bottled lime juice for this). It might seem like you have to procure a couple of ingredients for this recipe, but it's worth every sip. It's dangerously good.
Makes 1 Mojito
12 mint leaves
1/2 a lime cut into 4 wedges
1 ounce of simple syrup (see recipe below)
2 ounces of white rum (pale gold works, too)
splash of club soda
Tall narrow glass (or one that holds about 8-10 ounces of liquid)
Muddler (or the back of a wooden spoon if you don't have a cocktail muddler)
Cocktail stirrer (or spoon/chopstick)
Prepare your mint leaves and lime wedges: pluck 12 mint leaves from the stem; cut a lime in half, and cut the half into 4 wedges.
Add the 12 mint leaves to a sturdy tall glass. Next, squeeze the juice from 2 of the lime wedges into the glass, and then add the squeezed wedges to the glass with the mint leaves. Use a muddler to crush the mint and the lime wedges together to release the natural mint oils and leftover lime juice (about 30 seconds).
Squeeze the juice of the remaining 2 lime wedges into the glass, and add them to the same glass. Next, add 1 ounce of simple syrup to the glass, and muddle everything again (about 30 seconds). Don't strain the mixture.
Fill the glass almost to the top with ice cubes. Add 2 ounces of white rum over the ice, and then add a splash of club soda. Stir together. Garnish with extra mint leaves or lime wheel (optional).
Simple Syrup Recipe
1 cup white granulated sugar
1 cup water
In a small pot over medium heat, combine the sugar and water.
Heat the sugar and water while stirring to dissolve the sugar, and remove from heat once all the sugar has dissolved. Cool completely before using. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.
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