|The end product! YUM|
Traditionally cane sugar is used to sweeten mojitos and after muddling and adding ice they are filled with a plain unsweetened seltzer water. I have cut back on the sugar and used sprite in this version. I have also successfully made them using a Seagrams key lime seltzer and adding a bit more sugar. Pretty versatile isn't it?
A word to mint. There are more mint varieties out there than I can count. Fuzzy mint which is a spearmint to the very pointed leaves of the dark stemmed true peppermint.. all different and varying intensities. Mojitos are best made with one of the lighter non fuzzy leafed spearmints. Peppermint does not work for these at all! Figuring out which of the mints in your garden will work best is a project anyone would love being involved in.
|We call this Kentuky mint. It is the perfect mint for these mojitos|
1 teaspoon cane sugar (ok, regular white will work)
5-6 Mint leaves whole (plus a sprig for garnish)
3/4 shot light rum
3/4 shot dark rum (not spiced)
Slice the lime in half and then slice off a slice from each half
Put one slice in the bottom of the glass.
Reserve the other to garnish when serving
Add the sugar and the mint leaves
|My patch of mint.. careful.. it will take over!|
Add enough ice to fill the glass
Add the rum
Juice the rest of the lime and add to the glass
Fill the glass with sprite and with a long handled spoon, gently stir to combine
Hang the lime slice off the rim and serve with a straw
Can anyone say "zum wohl"? (cheers, prosit, etc will do as well!)
*muddling is done to break up the surface of the mint and release the flavor. You do not want to turn the mint to pulp but gently using a utensil (I often use a small wooden spoon if I don't have a muddling tool) work the sugar, lime and mint till the lime releases some juice. The sugar works to bruise the mint as well in this process.