Memorial Day Mojito!


I love my mojitos. Ever since Juan at the resort I stayed at when I was in Cabo San Lucas started bringing them to me daily….

Let’s take a minute and go there. Shall we?

Okay. I’m back.

Mmmm. Vacation. Mint Mojitos. Now I feel the need to get everyone else hooked on them, too.

Of course, they are naturally gluten free.

There are a plethora of mojito recipes out there, but I have come to believe the key is using a terrific, gold (amber) rum plus using simple syrup instead of sugar.

Please note that I am a complete mojito snob. And when I order them, I compare them all to the ones that Juan made. I think my version did his justice.

I did go through the process of learning how to make simple syrup (sugar water…but cooked like you would cook candy so you turn it into a syrup), but it’s terribly time consuming when you just want to mix a drink for some friends.

Does regular sugar work? No. Heck no. I don’t know why recipes call for it. It ruins the mojito. I realize bartenders everywhere may dispute that…but it’s only because they don’t have a bottle of pre made simple syrup on hand.

I didn’t even know you could BUY simple syrup in a bottle until recently. Sigh. I’ll just chalk all that time up trying to boil sugar water to the right consistency to a newly found appreciation for the stuff in the bottle.

For Memorial Day, I didn’t make this red/white/blue. I made it a pure mint and rum mojito and then had a toast to all of my friends, family and other heroes who haven given the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

God bless them. And God Bless the USA.

Memorial Day Mojito

3-4 small high ball drinks or 2-3 larger glasses


  • 8 oz gold (amber) rum
  • 6 Tbsp simple syrup
  • 12-15 whole mint leaves
  • 9 whole limes
  • 8-10 whole ice cubes
  • 2 cups club soda


  • Pour the rum and simple syrup into a drink shaker.
  • Add the mint leaves and the juice of 8 limes (the 9th lime is to slice for garnish)
  • Muddle to release the mint flavor. If you don't have a muddler, skip this step and then get one next time your'e out!)
  • Shake. Pour evenly into glasses over ice. Top with soda. Garnish with more lime and mint.
Prep Time: 15 - 20 Minutes
Total Time: 15 - 20 Minutes
1 Comment and 0 Replies
    • missy
    • 05.05.2013

    I want to try this one day


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