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Mojito time!

I think I lost my recipe from last summer. My mint plant is calling me and I bought a big bag of limes the other day. Best recipes please!

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  1. My basic recipe is to put a small handful of mint in the bottom of a Collins or Highball glass, add a teaspoon of sugar, and mash it together with a muddler. Then fill the glass with ice cubes, add about a shot of lime juice (I prefer key lime juice by Nellie's), a shot and a half of rum, and then top it off with some club soda (not too much, though).

    For variations, I like to add some Cointreau or tequila.

    If you do a google search, you'll get a ton of recipes.

    1. A bunch of mint leaves (2-3 sprigs? Depends on how big your leaves are and how minty you want the drink), 1/2-2/3 a lime, cut up into smaller wedges, about 1.5 teaspoons of sugar. Put all of this in the bottom of your class and use your muddler, pressing hard and making sure that all the juices come out and the sugar dissolves. (If you don't have a muddler, I've used the base end of a lemon reamer also, making sure to wrap the reaming/juicing part in a kitchen towel so that it hurts less when I muddle). Then I fill the glass with ice, add about a shot to a shot-and-a-half of cachaça, and then top off the glass with club soda.

      I've also done blueberry mojitos in the past, just adding fresh blueberries to the mint/lime/sugar part and muddling that all together before adding the cachaça/club soda. Other fruits would probably be nice too - I had a coconut mojito at a bar the other night, and I'm not sure what else they added besides coconut flakes, but it was good!

      The cachaça, I think, is key - I've not had the same results using regular rum.

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      1. re: jacinthe

        Well, rum is what they used in Cuba when they came up with the drink. Cachaça, eh? And you're muddling the lime in addition to the mint. Sort of a Caipijito? Morinha? Sounds worth a try, though I think rum would be better with the mint.

      2. Mojitos are tricky because both mint and limes are variable. I use more mint than the other posters, but otherwise my recipe is similar. I usually use simple syrup instead of sugar to solve the problem of occasional gritty residue. A bartender I know uses Sprite instead of sugar and club soda.

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        1. re: Dave Feldman

          Thank you for posting about the Sprite option! This made last night's semi-spontaneous cocktail hour at home super easy AND provided a sugarless option (when I used Sprite Zero) that I SWEAR tasted just as good as a regular mojito. (No artificial aftertaste.)

          We muddled together 6 to 8 mint leaves and the juice of half a lime (are you supposed to muddle the actual lime, or just the juice? We had some debate, used just the juice, and it came out fine) in a 16-ounce glass, then added ice, a shot and a half of rum, and filled almost to the top with Sprite Zero. An excellent and easier substitute!

          1. re: ITurnedOutTV

            Leaving the lime inside of the glass is optional -- some people like a clean glass -- others like it to look like a swamp. Either can work. I'd use more lime, though, even if it meant putting in more sugar.

            Glad the suggestion worked out for you. Now I suggest you turn ON the TV!

            1. re: Dave Feldman

              I would think leaving the lime in there for muddling would make the drink bitter, but what do I know?

              (I turn on the TV all too often--my handle is a Homer Simpson quote.)

          2. re: Dave Feldman

            I LOVE a mojito made w/Sprite! I use sugar & mint leaves (muddled w/a wooden spoon), juice of half a lime, a glug or two of pineapple rum, then Diet Sprite.

          3. You can also freely experiment with different herbs and spirits for interest. I had some vodka drinkers over last week, and picked up a bottle of Hangar One Kaffir Lime vodka, which is pretty great stuff. I tried making a variation of a mojito, substituting the kaffir lime vodka for rum, and using basil instead of mint. It was terrific.

            1. Check out this link for an oldish review of mojitos in San Francisco:

              http://sfbg.com/39/08/x_bottle_rocket...

              The winner used orgeat syrup and I can tell you, it is the best mojito I've had, hands down.

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              1. re: Maya

                Wow that sounds interesting. I'm pretty undecided about the orgeat, though. I don't usually like the flavour of almond extract in anything - is that what orgeat tastes like?

                Otherwise, sounds excellent. Thanks

                1. re: Nyleve

                  Somehow the orgeat (yes, almond) doesn't give an almond flavor in this drink. Maybe he uses little enough that it basically is a more substantial simple syrup. I dont know - boy, it works though. YUM.

                2. re: Maya

                  Interesting. I'll try that.. and another with bar syrup.

                  That reminded me of what might be the most old-school version, with cane juice ("guarapo") instead of sugar.