May 23, 2016

Mandy’s Mojitos

If you ever come over to my house you’ll notice I have mint planted everywhere. Seriously… I have it mixed in with almost all my potted plants and flower beds outside and this recipe is the reason why!

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!

Mandy's Mojitos! Whip up a pitcher with easy mint simple syrup (seriously, it's crazy easy), fresh lime juice, rum or tequila and lemon-lime or club soda.


Mandy's Mojitos! Whip up a pitcher with easy mint simple syrup (seriously, it's crazy easy), fresh lime juice, rum or tequila and lemon-lime or club soda.

Mandy's Mojitos! Whip up a pitcher with easy mint simple syrup (seriously, it's crazy easy), fresh limes, rum or tequila and lemon-lime soda.

Mandy’s Mojitos
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.

Notes:
  • 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!

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14 comments:

  1. Hey Miss. Mandy!! Love your BLOG!! Tried several things, the meatballs are AAAHHHHMAAZING!!! Hope my comment reaches you girl. Keep Cooking, my sister from another mister Ellen D. McKenzie

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  2. I love mint and a good Mojito is my 'go to' summer drink. I'm also a big believer in simple syrup (I make mine 50/50 sugar and water... then I can further water some down for my hummingbird feeders). I suggest you try making your Mojito with Key Lime juice, rum and try adding 1/2 oz. Spearmint Schnapps.

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  3. My mouth is watering just reading this and looking at the pics. Now that that the weather is getting hotter, this sounds like perfect comfort drink after a long day.

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  4. LUV Mojitos and your tall tumblers are awesome. Are they vintage? Can I find them somewhere and order???

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  5. I love Mojitos and this is my favourite one thanks to you! great job!

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  6. OMG looks SO good! I'll give it a try asap

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  7. Mojito look simply and easy to make. But the taste is very good.

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  8. Hi Mandy! Have you tried remaking these for low carb? Not sure what to use to replace the sugar syrup....?

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  9. This looks amazing!!! Will certainly be trying this out this week! Thank you for sharing.

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