Last year Mike and I got married on September 1 (woo matrimony!). We spent our honeymoon aboard the Carnival Dream and had 7 blissful days of sun, sand and fruity cocktails. It was heaven. Every time I drink a mojito it reminds me of Mike having his first one on our honeymoon and how it basically became the drink of the trip. This also brings back our hazy, rum-splashed jaunt through the Bacardi distillery in Puerto Rico. Ahh…to be young and in love!
|Mike having his first Mojito
|I was so tan….Sigh.
Here is my adapted recipe for this refreshing, minty cup of love:
Makes 2 drinks
6 sprigs of fresh mint
2 ounces freshly squeezed lime juice
2 ounces simple syrup (recipe below)
4 ounces white rum (Bacardi preferably)
3 ounces cold club soda
Put the mint leaves, lime juice and simple syrup at the bottom of a shaker and either use a spoon or a muddler to squeeze the mint. You want to release all of the oils in the mint.
Add the rum, and the ice, and shake it up to mix all that goodness together for about 20 seconds.
Fill two 10 ounce glasses with ice, and split the mixture into them, straining out the ice used to shake them up. Top with the club soda. Garnish with a lime wedge or a sprig of mint, or both if you’re feeling it. Enjoy!
Recipe notes: You can use Bacardi Limon or Raspberry for a more fruity flavor if you want. But the original is damn tasty all on its own.
Water and white sugar in equal quantities
Mix the water and sugar together in a saucepan. Heat until the sugar dissolves. Allow to cool before using.