How to Make Mojitos

Minty and refreshing drinks for summertime, anytime.

 
When it comes to mojitos, it's all about that mint!  And the lime.  And the rum, of course.  A refreshingly delicious and traditional Cuban cocktail, mojitos are a simple mix of just five basic ingredients—mint, fresh lime juice, sugar, white rum and sparkling water.  The lime, sugar and mint are muddled together in the glass itself to release all the wonderfully flavorful oils from the mint leaves.  The cocktail is then topped off with ice, a shot of rum, and sparkling water to create one invigorating and thirst-quenching drink.  Grab a handful of mint and mix one up today!

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1 Place Mint, Sugar & Lime in a Glass

Place 6 – 8 fresh mint leaves, 2 teaspoons granulated sugar and the juice of half a large lime in a tall, sturdy highball glass.
 

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Superfine granulated sugar works best for easy dissolving in cold liquids.
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2 Muddle Mint

With a muddler or the back of a sturdy spoon, press and gently twist the mint leaves against the side of the glass, releasing the oils from the mint leaves.  Stop muddling when the mint is bruised and fragrant, but not yet torn.  Tearing the mint can create a bitter tasting mojito.
 

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Since they can be bitter, remove stems from the mint and only use the leaves in your cocktails.

3 Add Rum

Add 3 ounces of white rum.
 

4 Finish with Ice & Club Soda

Fill the glass 3/4 full with ice cubes or crushed ice.  Fill the remainder of the glass with sparkling water or club soda and stir thoroughly.
 

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5 Garnish

Garnish with lime wedges and mint, serve and enjoy!
 

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To make Mojitos by the pitcher, place the juice of 10 limes, 30 mint leaves, and 3/4 cup granulated sugar in a 2-quart pitcher. Muddle mint against the pitcher's side. Add 1 cup white rum, and then fill the remainder of the pitcher with ice and sparkling water or club soda. Garnish with lime wedges and mint.

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