Leah Cooks (or Drinks, in this Case): Mojitos
Last week David and I were sitting on the deck after dinner on a beautiful evening, chatting. Our kids were playing down the hill in the yard of the neighbors who live behind us, and when I saw one of them sitting on her back patio, I zipped her a text: “Hey! If you want company, come on up! I’ve got wine.” A while later, my neighbor walked up the incline to our house, a cold drink already in her hand–I hadn’t realized that she’d texted me back, saying that her husband was mixing up mojitos if we wanted to come down instead (considering that all six of our children were in her backyard, that would’ve made much more sense? But you all know I’m not gifted with linear thinking). I also didn’t know that I’d totally interrupted their wedding anniversary.
(My neighbor is a very tolerant person. I need to be more like my neighbor.)
But this post isn’t about my good neighbor and her mojito-mixing husband. This post, my friends, is about the mojito that good husband made that resided in the glass in her hand that night. It also is related to the small mountain of mint busting out of a planter on my deck right now (a mountain, I’ll admit, that has grown considerably smaller now that I’ve happily thrown myself into Mojito Season).
Here’s how I make ’em:
Mojito (single serving)
- 6-8 mint leaves, plus a sprig for garnish
- 2 tsp. granulated sugar
- juice of 1/2 a lime
- shot of white rum*
- club soda**
Muddle mint leaves and sugar together in the bottom of a pint or highball glass (you can use a wooden spoon to mush everything together until the leaves are well broken down). Add lime juice and stir. Add rum and stir. Fill the glass 2/3 full with club soda, and stir again. Add ice to taste. Drink with a straw.***
* I use Captain Morgan because I think Bacardi tastes like toilet bowl cleaner.
** I didn’t have any club soda on hand the last time I made this, and used a can of coconut La Croix I’d found in the back of the fridge instead. It was pretty darned good.
*** We use these stainless steel straws from Klean Kanteen (not an ad: we just like them!).
Mojitos (enough for a pitcher)
Makes 6 drinks
- 36 mint leaves, give or take (more is always better, though)
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- juice of 3 limes
- 1 cup white rum
- 1 liter club soda
Muddle mint leaves with sugar. Add lime juice and stir well. Add rum and stir. Add club soda and stir again. Fill the rest of the pitcher with ice and serve.
Happy Summer, friends.