This recipe for a real mojito is from the mixology class on Master Class. I bought the unlimited 1 year subscription during quarantine and thought what the heck, I might as well learn something while I’m home. So far I have watched Anna Wintour, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Alice Waters, Chris Voss and now the mixology class.
I decided to make these mojitos because of the abundance of mint I have growing in my herb garden. It has kind of taken over. I have spearmint, seen here, and orange mint. I doubt I will be able to drink enough mojitos to use up all of the mint I have….or if I do, I may need some serious help! Mojito’s for everyone!
This recipe is very simple. It uses 2:1 simple syrup which I find I prefer to 1:1 simple syrup. It is just simple syrup with double the sugar to water ratio. Example is 1 cup sugar, 1/2 cup water, cook until sugar is dissolved and cool.
Mojitos are one of my favorite summer drinks because the mint is so refreshing and rum is a favorite in many beach drinks. While this seems to have a lot of ice, trust me, as it melts the drink gets better and better. This drink is made for sipping not speed drinking. Using crushed ice is key to the perfect mojito.
I left the mint leaves whole and gently stirred them throughout the drink, instead of muddling them in the bottom of the glass. Stirring the mint throughout the glass gives the drink a milder mint flavor and no mint flakes in your teeth! Bonus. I also used fresh squeezed lime juice, but certainly use whatever you have on hand.
This recipe is for one drink, but can be easily multiplied for parties by the pitcher. Adjust the ratios to fit your tastes. Have fun with it! And enjoy your summer.
Wishing you all a peaceful summer~
- 1/2 ounce simple syrup
- 1 ounce fresh lime juice
- 2.5 ounce white rum
- 8-10 fresh mint leaves, plus some for garnish
- Lots of crushed ice
- Separate the mint leaves from the stems. Keep the top of the stem for garnish.
- Drop leaves in a tall highball glass
- Add remaining ingredients, except the ice, and stir to combine
- Fill glass half full with crushed ice
- Stir with a long spoon to pull the mint leaves up through the ice
- Once mint and drink mix has been incorporated through the crushed ice, fill remaining glass with more crushed ice.
- Garnish with mint stem topper