I tried my first mojito one warm summer evening last summer when a neighbor invited us over to hang out on the deck. He served a mojito he made with simple syrup and homegrown mint, and it was delish.
I’ve ordered them on occasion since then, but I haven’t had one NEARLY as good as the one my neighbor made. I asked him for his mojito recipe a few weeks ago, but he is a professional chef, so he was all, “It’s nothing! Just throw together simple syrup, lime, and rum.”
Um, hi. Have you met me? I need VERY. EXPLICIT. DIRECTIONS. Like with measurements.
So I took it upon myself to experiment with different mojito recipes until I found one as good as his. It took me three recipes and numerous tries to get it right. See what I endure for the sake of ye ole blog?
Here’s the secret: MINT-INFUSED simple syrup. Shhhhhh… they’ll all be doing it.
Sorry, I was channeling my inner Emeril there for a sec.
Mix 1 cup water with 1 cup sugar in a saucepan and heat until boiling. Stir until the sugar dissolves (about a minute). Then turn off the heat. Toss in a handfull of mint leaves and let it steep (just sit there off the heat) for an hour or so. Strain out the leaves and store in the fridge till you’re ready to use it.
That’s what it looks like before the sugar dissolved. When the liquid is clear, remove from the heat and cool. Then store in a container with a lid that seals until time to make your drinks.
Then. When you’re ready for a refreshing summer treat, here’s what you do.
Delicious mojito recipes using mint-infused simple syrup.
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 2 handfulls mint leaves
- 1-1/2 to 2 ounces of light rum
- 1/2 lime
- 1 can club soda (optional)
- Mix 1 cup water with 1 cup sugar in a saucepan and heat until boiling.
- Stir until the sugar dissolves (about a minute). Then turn off the heat.
- Toss in a handfull of mint leaves and let it steep (just sit there off the heat) for an hour or so. Strain out the leaves and store in the fridge till you're ready to use it.
- Pour 1 ounce mint-infused simple syrup into a tall glass.
- Add a handful of mint leaves, and muddle it together. (Use a muddler or a spoon.)
- Add crushed ice. Muddle some more.
- Add to that 1-1/2 to 2 ounces of light rum (depending on the kind of day you had.)
- Squeeze in the juice of half a lime.
- Add a splash of club soda and stir. (If you don't have club soda on hand, just use water.)
- Garnish with a mint sprig and a slice of lime.
If you want to make a larger batch, it basically boils down to this: (Oh, I’m so punny!)
Mix thoroughly 2 parts simple syrup to 1 part lime (or more if you like your drinks more tart than sweet) to 3 parts rum. Pour in a tall glass over ice, add a splash of club soda, garnish with mint and lime, and serve!
Yes, I realize that mojitos aren’t intended to be made in bulk. But if you want to make a few at a time, I won’t turn you in to the mojito police.