I love mojitos.  The lime and mint coming together to mask the sharp bite of rum.  Yeah, I drink the cheap stuff.  Anyways Rum is good, but Rum with mint and lime is awesome!!!.  To take a line from Jim Brewer, Jackpot!!!  Hopefully he doesn’t get mad as that is his only line, but I gave him credit where credit was due. 

The Mojito - Sweet and minty, the perfect drink to mask your garlicy breath.
The Mojito - Sweet and minty, the perfect drink to mask your garlicy breath.

Garnished with a sprig of mint and a lime wedge, Mojitos are amazing!!

Mojito – Makes an 8oz mojito – Double for a pint glass

  • 2 oz Rum – Since we are mixing it, no need to spend a lot on a bottle.
  • 1 oz Mint Simple Syrup – (Recipe Follows)
  • 15 mint leaves
  • 2 lime wedges
  • Handfull of ice
  • 3oz seltzer or sparkling water

Mint Simple Syrup

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 sprigs of mint

Mint Simple Syrup

Before making a mojito you need to make the simple syrup.  Place 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar in a heavy saucepan.  Place over medium heat.

As you can see the sugar is opaque on the bottom of the pan
As you can see the sugar is opaque on the bottom of the pan

Cook until the syrup is hot and the sugar is completely dissolved.

The sugar is dissolved and the liquid is hot
The sugar is dissolved and the liquid is hot

Remove from heat and place the 4 sprigs of mint into the syrup.  Let the mint steep as the syrup cools to room temperature. 

Steep the mint until the liquid cools
Steep the mint until the liquid cools

Remove the mint leaves and place the syrup into a bottle or plastic container.  Place the syrup into the fridge until it is needed.  As long as it is in an airtight container and in the fridge it should be good for at least 2 weeks. 

The leaves are wilted and the mint simple sugar is ready
The leaves are wilted and the mint simple sugar is ready

Mixing the Mojito

In a nice rocks glass pour in the vodka, two limes and the mint.  Muddle using a muddler or the back of a spoon.  Make sure to get all of the juice out of the limes and to break up the mint.

Muddle the limes, mint and rum
Muddle the limes, mint and rum

Next add the simple sugar and stir.  Then fill the glass with ice and top off with some seltzer.

Garnish with a sprig of mint and a slice of lime.

Unfortunately for me, I had to drink 3 of these as the ice kept on melting before the perfect shot.  My job sucks.
Unfortunately for me, I had to drink 3 of these as the ice kept on melting before the perfect shot. My job sucks.

If you can find sugarcane it can be cut into strips and used as a nice stir stick.  I was unable to find sugarcane but if you are throwing a party it is a hit.  The cane can be used as a stir stick and people love to chew on them and get the natural sugar.

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