I love mojitos, and I really love making my own at home on hot summer evenings. There’s nothing like a drink that requires a minimal bit of cooking to make you feel really accomplished, all the while acquiring a nice buzz. Unfortunately, pregnancy and nursing necessitated a ban on liquor in the Dr. O household for the past 18 months. Sad times, I know. Tonight, however, I was reunited with my old friend:
To make your own, here’s what you’ll need:
- Fresh mint
- Club soda
First, make a simple syrup by boiling sugar and water in a saucepan. I usually go by eye, but about 5 tablespoons of sugar per cup of water will work fine. Once the sugar is completely dissolved, remove from heat and pour over a couple of sprigs of mint in a mortar. Crush the mint into the syrup.
Combine 2 parts mint-flavored simple syrup with 1 part rum and the juice of 1 lime, then pour over ice in a highball glass, reserving room at the top of the glass. (This should be enough for about 2 glasses.) Top with club soda, and garnish with a sprig of mint and sugar cane (if you have one – I usually don’t).