The first time I had a mojito was in Puerto Rico 4 years ago. John had to work there for two weeks, so I went to visit the weekend in between.
Mmm . . . they were SO good. It's been my all time favorite drink ever since. But around here, I don't seem to get it much. I tried to learn how to make them when I got back and was successful on a single drink basis. But who wants to make each drink by hand. AND, I recently transplanted a bunch of mint from my dad's house, so I had my own source!
In order to make a sweet drink and being southern, I knew I needed simple syrup (you know . . . the whole sweet tea / unsweet tea thing), but who knew you could make MINTED simple syrup.
Minted Simple Syrup
3 cups fresh mint leaves
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
Put it all in a small sauce pan, bring to a boil, cook for 1 minute or so, turn off the heat, and let sit for 30 minutes. Strain ou the mint leaves through a fine mesh sieve and put it in the refrigerator to cool.
1 cup minted simple syrup
1 3/4 cup light rum
1 cup fresh lime juice
Don't you love my nana's juicer?
All of that can be combined together in advance if you wish.
To make the individual mojitos, put ice in a glass (crushed if you want) with a few fresh mint leaves. Pour your mojito mixture, top it off with a squeeze of fresh lime and something bubbly. Most recipes call for club soda, but you can use sparlking water, perrier, even la croix (which is all that I had). Of course, my mouth was salivating and I was so excited for my final drink that I forgot to take a picture.
We're going to the beach tomorrow, and I'm going to take a bunch of our mint from the back yard. How perfect will that be!?