Now that the weather is really getting warmer, it's time to pull out my favorite weekend drink recipe: the mojito. Using fresh mint and limes, these refreshing drinks offer a unique combination of flavors that really hit the spot. Thanks to their rich ingredients, it is easy to omit the alcohol and drink one anytime.
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
lime slices and mint sprigs to garnish
The first step to a delicious mojito is to make minty simple syrup. Bring 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of water to boil together in a small pot. Once a boil is reached and the sugar has fully dissolved, remove pot from heat and add a handful of fresh mint leaves. Let steep in pot for 15 minutes or more.
Once the mint syrup has cooled, start on the drinks. Place about 6 mint leaves and a lime quarter in the bottom of a glass, and press the leaves with a muddler or spoon just enough so that the mint oil and lime juice are released. Top with one to two tablespoons of the minty simple syrup, and the juice from another lime quarter.
Fill the glass to the top with ice. Pour in a shot of rum, and top off with club soda. Garnish with a lime wedge and mint sprig.
If you would like to enjoy the flavor of a mojito without alcohol, simply omit the rum, and add in some extra lime juice and club soda.
Tip: have extra minty simple syrup? You can save it in an air tight container for another day, or add it to your morning coffee or hot chocolate!