My love for mojitos runs deep. It was my first legal drink (at Le Plein Soleil, in Paris, France) and no matter what I’ve ordered or mixed up since, every time I take a sip of a mojito, I’m reminded why I love it so much. I have made this recipe for my parents, mixed it up by a campfire, and served it for movie night. While I could drink this concoction year-round, it always tastes sweeter at the end of a long, hot day. It’s the perfect summer drink.
As previously mentioned, I love lime and mint a lot. I’d argue that they are my two favorite flavors. With a mojito made right, you’ll get a big kick of both. Being that it is my favorite drink, I don’t do twists on it, but rather have perfected the traditional recipe. (My mom has been talking up a pineapple version for over a year, and I just can’t pull the trigger on adding something to what is already perfect, in my eyes.)
This cocktail has a reputation for being a little high maintenance, and while it’s not as easy as, say, a gin & tonic, it certainly does not have to be difficult. For my recipe, I keep it simple. I use regular sugar in place of simple syrup, unless I’ve got some free time to stand over a stove making it (which is never). Sure, you probably won’t be muddling mint leaves for twenty of your closest friends, but a good mojito is sometimes best enjoyed on the porch with your best friend on a quiet summer night.
(makes one drink)
4-5 mint leaves
1 shot white rum
1 tsp. sugar
HOW TO MAKE IT:
In a highball glass, muddle mint leaves with sugar. Add ice to glass. Pour in rum and juice of one lime. Fill with tonic water. Stir and enjoy!
Note: Be sure not to crush the mint leaves. Merely press firmly with a muddler (or the blunt end of an ice cream scoop like me!) to release the juices.