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?
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.