I’ve served this mojito at three parties in the past two weeks. It’s been a hit every time. If you’re still clinging to memories of summer, this might be just the cocktail to toast a fond farewell.
10 (ish) fresh mint leaves
1 packet of Spenda*
Juice of one lime wedge
2 shots coconut rum**
2-3 shots either 7-up or Club Soda, depending on how sweet you like your drink
Optional Special Equipment: martini shaker, a muddler (If you don’t have one, don’t worry. Tips at the end of the recipe)
Drop mint leaves martini shaker. Add Splenda and lime juice. Optional: toss used lime wedge into the bottom of the glass you’re going to serve the mojito in. Grab your muddler and grind the shit out of the mint. I mean, really, put your arm into it. This should take a couple minutes and leave you with a green paste. Leave the muddler in the cup and pour in the two shots of rum. This way, you can swish the muddler around in the rum to dislodge any mint that might be sticking to it.
Add a ½ cup of ice to the shaker, put the lid on and give it five or ten nice shakes. Strain into 6-8 oz. glass filled with ice. Top off with 7-up or club soda and stir slightly to mix.
Caution: these drinks go down fast and smooth. The alcohol will sneak up on you, so pace yourself.
*I use Splenda because it dissolves easier than sugar
**I use Parrot Bay
Mojito Q & A
- What if I don’t have a muddler? No problem. Put all the ingredients except the 7-up/club soda in a blender. Run blender until mint is in tiny bits, then pour into martini shaker and continue.
- What is the difference between a mojito and a classsic lime daquiri? This is an excellent question. Both use rum and lime juice. Mint is the only real difference. I top the mojito off with a little bubbly, but you could just as easily omit that step, along with the mint, and you’d have yourself a daquiri. Here’s a link to Alton Brown’s recipe for a lime daquiri: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/daiquiri-recipe/index.html
- Can I use other types of rum besides coconut rum? Absolutely. I wouldn’t recommend spiced rum (like Captain Morgan), but any other variety of light rum would be terrific.