CLASSIC FRESH MOJITO
Spring took its sweet time to arrive in Oklahoma City this year, which really put a late start to my summer cocktail sipping. But alas, Oklahoma's signature winds finally brought the return of 85+ degree days — the perfect weather for the first fresh mojito of the year.
Like any good millennial, I'm really into raised bed gardening. Great for Instagram purposes, sometimes cost efficient, but most of all, it means I have fresh herbs on hand for about eight to nine months out of the year. The best mint for mojitos is what's usually labeled at garden centers as "Sweet Mint". I picked up the smallest container of it at my favorite garden center here in Oklahoma City two years ago and it has come back with a vengeance every spring since. It's the first of my perennial herbs to sprout in the spring and the last to die off once we have a frost.
Gardening tip: Plant mint in its own container or as groundcover. This delicious creeping herb will quickly take over your weaker garden inhabitants like sage or salsa herbs.
My favorite thing about a classic mojito isn't just the crisp, clean, light flavor — this is also one of the easiest cocktails to make and a great pitcher cocktail for summer entertaining.
It's hard to go wrong with fresh mojitos, but this has definitely become my favorite recipe for a classic mojito. Enjoy!
CLASSIC FRESH MOJITO
- 2.5 ounces light rum
- .75 ounces simple syrup (I prefer tart over sweet when it comes to cocktails, so if you're one who loves the sugary goodness of summer cocktails, try this recipe with 1 to 1.25 ounces of simple syrup instead.)
- Handful of fresh mint leaves
- 1 lime (2 if you want some for garnish)
- Club soda
Step 1: Wash your fresh mint and limes. Mint leaves are curled and crinkled just enough to trap a surprising amount of dirt, especially after a rain.
Step 2: Add a handful of mint leaves to your cocktail shaker. Add the juice from one lime and muddle.
Step 3: Add simple syrup and rum, then shake.
Step 4: Fill a glass with ice, then strain and pour. Depending on your lime juicing method and muddling aggression, mojitos can get pulpy easily. I don't mind this, but some do.
Step 5: Fill the rest of the glass with club soda.
Step 6: Add fresh mint leaves and lime to garnish and enjoy!
Step 7: Share your hand crafted cocktail on Instagram! Don't forget to tag me (@thespiritedsprout) so I can repost your drink!