Mojitos are my favourite summer cocktail because they are so simple and refreshing. Consuming them as a virgin cocktail is also a great way to stay hydrated on a hot day. If you enjoy this recipe you may want to pick up a little mint plant for your patio. My mom has a couple different varieties of mint in her garden that seem to survive through the winter each year, and I have been putting them to good use this summer! In my quest to perfect the mojtio, I have tried many recipes, and so far this one, by Jamie Oliver is by far my favourite. It’s also quite fun to make. Watch the video and you will see why. Cheers!
Mojitos are also a great match for these black bean tacos with mango salsa.
- 12 fresh mint leaves
- 1 lime
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1-1.5 oz white rum, or 1 shot glass (omit for a great virgin mojito)
- splash of club soda
- crushed ice
- Cut lime in half. Slice a 1 cm thick slice, widthwise, then cut that slice into quarters (see picture below).
- Place chunks of lime and sugar in a glass and muddle with the end of a whisk by firmly squishing the limes ~8 times to release the lime juice.
- Take mint leaves and clap them between your hands a couple times to release the aroma. Mix the leaves in with the lime juice.
- Fill half the glass with crushed ice and rum and stir to dissolve the sugar.
- Add a splash of soda water and top with ice.
- Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint.