Each summer I grow a mint plant, most of which ends up in mojitos. Like a Girl Scout I am always prepared for when the urge for the minty drink hits!
Usually I make the basic mojito. Every now and then I'll make a fruity one, such as boysenberry or watermelon. By doing so I get my thirst quenched and my daily requirement of fruit. Anyway, that's my story and I'm sticking to it! I recently bought some beautiful strawberries at the Farmers Market and knew I needed to make strawberry mojitos. They were so good!
Some mojitos call for granulated sugar to be "muddled" with the mint and lime. I prefer to use a simple syrup as it makes for a smoother drink. A simple syrup is just a 1:1 mixture of water and sugar. Boil it until the sugar dissolves and let cool. For mojitos I usually go one step further and add a handful of mint leaves once the stove has been turned off. I let this mixture sit for about an hour, then strain into a small pitcher. There is more mint flavor in the drink this way!
Plain white rum is the standard rum used for a mojito. I like to use a citrus-flavored rum. Again, I think it gives the drink more flavor!
For each drink:
1 strawberry, sliced
5-6 mint leaves
1/8 cup simple syrup
Juice of 1 lime
1/4 cup light rum
Club soda, chilled
In a glass, muddle strawberries, mint leaves, simple syrup and lime juice with a muddler (use the back of a wooden spoon if you don't have a muddler). The goal is to release the juices, not pulverize the fruit and mint, so be gentle!
Add ice and rum. Top with club soda. Garnish with a strawberry, lime wedge and/or mint sprig, if desired.
|This is a muddler!|