This refreshing cocktail has its roots in Cuba but has become popular across the US. It's a combination of mint, lime, and rum that is commonly served in hot weather, but it can be enjoyed year round.
10-15 small fresh mint leaves, plus a sprig for garnish
1 lime, sliced into thin rounds
1 lime, juiced (approx. 1 oz. or 2 tablespoons of juice)
1 oz. (2 tablespoons) simple sugar syrup (recipe at www.theyummylife.com/recipes/48)
2 oz. (4 tablespoons) light rum
ice, cubes or crushed
3 oz. (6 tablespoons) club soda
Use a tall 14 to 16 oz. glass. Put mint leaves and half of lime slices in bottom of glass. Add lime juice and simple syrup. Use muddler or end of wooden spoon to muddle ingredients, pressing and twisting 5-6 times--just enough to release oils and juices. Add rum and fill glass with ice. Pour in club soda. Use long spoon to gently stir from bottom.
For a prettier appearance, slide in additional lime slices and mint leaves. Garnish top with lime slice and mint sprig.
This recipe is on the tart side. If you prefer a sweeter drink, increase simple syrup or reduce lime juice.
FOR VIRGIN MOJITOS: Omit the rum and replace it with additional club soda and a dash more of simple syrup.