In true (recent) college kid fashion, I had never actually had a mojito before. The bars I would frequent while in school didn’t really serve such fancy libations. It was more of a rum & coke, vodka cranberry, and buckets of beer kind of scene. Now that I am trying to expand my horizons a bit when it comes to the cocktails I kick back with; I thought it might be time to try some other common cocktails.
We were having A Flexible Life night in the office, and Jen was making Greek Yogurt Grilled Chicken, so I was looking for a cocktail that would pair well with dinner. Mojitos seemed to fit as well as anything else, so I made mojitos for the three of us while Jen made dinner.
Because I had never had a mojito before, I had to take my first attempt at mixing one to Jen for a taste test. She thought it hilarious that I didn’t know what it was supposed to taste like, but thought my version was spot on.
[She’s right…for someone who had never made a mojito before, she mixes a pretty fabulous one! – Jen]
Mojitos might be my new favorite drink, at least in the top 5. I hate super sweet or overly syrupy drinks; I always feel like I can feel the sugar coating my teeth as I drink it. The light sweetness paired with the slight kick of the lime and mint flavor was just right! It was perfectly refreshing and made a great cocktail to pair with our summer dinner festivities.
- 2 oz of white rum
- Juice of one small to medium sized lime
- 7-10 mint leaves
- 1 tsp powdered sugar
- 1 c seltzer water
- Muddle the mint leaves. If you don’t have an official mortar and pestle, you can just rip them up and smash them with a spoon. (Tip courtesy of Johnna!)
- Cut and juice one lime into the shaker.
- Add two ounces of rum to the shaker along with the powdered sugar* and muddled mint leaves.
- Shake well with ice.
- Add to a tall glass with the seltzer water.
- Stir and serve.
- Optional: garnish with mint leave and lime slice.
* I used powdered sugar because it dissolves better in liquid and I didn’t have to make any simple syrup.