The Mojito–A Refreshing Way to Use Fresh Mint
My first mojito experience was fourteen years ago, the summer Dan and I spent 6 weeks backpacking around Europe.
We were in Sevilla, Spain, hanging out with friends of friends, still recovering from an incredible (and somewhat painful) eleven days hiking a portion of the Camino de Santiago across northern Spain.
What I remember most about Sevilla is the oppressive heat (we were there in July), the kind of heat that kept us lying around in the apartment under fans all afternoon.
But with evening came some relief from the heat, not only from the sun going down but from us going out for tapas and drinks. Enter the mojito.
Fresh mint. Lime. A touch of sweetness. Ice. White rum. Club Soda. Complete refreshment.
I’ll be the first to say I am no mixologist. The mojito recipe I’m sharing with you is very basic and done country-style with a ball jar and the end of a wooden spoon rather than a shaker cup and muddler.
Our farm members get access to our PYO herb area every week as part of their CSA membership, and our farm stand customers can pay a flat free to pick their weekly herbs as well. Right now the mint is looking lovely and ready to pick! Even if you don’t drink alcohol, you can easily make the mojito with everything but the rum–that’s how I make this drink for our kiddos.
We’re a long way from Spain and even a longer way from the luxury of 6 weeks off to travel the world, but only 5 minutes from this invigorating summer drink.
Scroll down for the printable recipe. Let me know in the comments how you like to drink your mojito!
- 1 lime, cut into 8 pieces
- 20-24 mint leaves (2-3 sprigs of mint)
- 2 tsp simple syrup
- two shots white rum (3 fl oz)
- club soda
- Set out two pint size ball jars.
- Squeeze and drop 3 lime pieces into each ball jar.
- Add 10-12 mint leaves.
- Muddle the lime and mint with the end of a wooden spoon.
- Add 1 tsp simple syrup to each jar. Muddle some more.
- Fill the jar with ice.
- Pour one shot white rum over each glass of ice.
- Fill with club soda.
- Place seal and lid on ball jar and shake thoroughly for 15 seconds.
- Garnish with remaining slices of mint, one per glass.
- To make a virgin mojito, simply leave out the rum.
Am trying this out now, thanks
Will try this at my restaurant