Instead of just mixing (and mixing and mixing) grainy sugar into these mojitos like the traditional recipes call for, you make a quick and easy simple syrup then let the fresh mint leaves steep in the syrup. Not only do you eliminate the grainy sugar, you get so much more mint flavor than you get from just muddling the mint.
Sometimes I make the syrup in big batches then freeze it in half-pint plastic containers to use whenever I want. Also? It is AH MAZE ING in iced tea!
1 cup water
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup fresh mint leaves
1 cup fresh lime juice
1 cup rum or tequila
2 cups lemon-lime soda
Boil sugar and water in a small pan until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat, stir in mint leaves and let rest until mixture cools to room temperature (or at least two hours). Strain syrup to remove mint leaves; discard leaves. You can do this ahead of time and refrigerate up to one week if desired.
When ready to serve combine mint syrup, lime juice, rum or tequila and soda. Stir well then serve over ice. Garnish with mint sprigs and lime slices if desired.
Makes 6 servings.
- This recipe is a bit sweeter than most mojitos you’ll find in bars. If you prefer less sweetness, use club soda or seltzer water instead of lemon-lime soda.
- Traditional mojitos are made with rum but I actually prefer tequila!
- Definitely use fresh squeezed lime juice. I cheated once and bought bottled lime juice and the flavor was nowhere near as good. Just trust me on this one ;)
- You’ll need about 8 limes to make a cup of juice. The Mexican grocery markets have limes at a fraction of the cost of other supermarkets. Same for cilantro and avocados so you might as well stock up on those too and make some guacamole to go with your mojitos!