· 5 to 6 fresh mint leaves
· 2 ounces light rum (vodka or other liquor can also be used, depending on your preference)
· 1 ounce simple syrup
(store bought or made at home by heating 1 part sugar &1 part water, until dissolved)
· 1 ounce lime juice
· Club soda
Without a cocktail shaker: "Clap" the mint to release the oils and add to the glass with simple syrup and lime juice. Mash with a muddler or wooden spoon to release flavors without creating a paste. Pour in the rum, stir & add ice. Top off with a splash of club soda & a mint leaf garnish.
Using a cocktail shaker: Fill the shaker with ice & add the mint. Pour in the rum, simple syrup, and lime juice. You can mash with a muddler or wooden spoon at this time, if desired. Cover and shake vigorously. Strain into a glass. Top off with a splash of club soda & a mint leaf garnish.
MANGO MOJITO VARIATION
Make mango puree by blending 1 ripe mango, peeled and cut into chunks with 6 ounces canned or bottled mango juice. (If you don't have a ripe mango, you can just use the canned or bottled mango juice)
Add 2 tablespoons of the mango purée when adding the lime juice & simple syrup. Continue with the remaining steps & garnish with a slice of unpeeled mango.
STRAWBERRY MOJITO VARIATION
Muddle 2 strawberries, cut into quarters together with the mint. Continue with the remaining steps & garnish with a strawberry slice.