I can clearly remember the first time I tasted a mojito. It was about 8 years ago at a dinner with some friends. My husband and I sat out on the patio, enjoying the view of the sunset, the crashing of the waves, and a great conversation with our friends Carlo and Nicole. Carlo ordered a mojito and I was curiously brave enough to try a sip. Thank goodness I was brave enough, because I have loved them ever since!! Unfortunately, that oceanfront restaurant is no longer there (boo to the condominiums!) but my love for mojitos can live on!

There are 8 thousand ways to make a mojito. If you Google it, you will find versions with sugar, simple syrup, agave nectar, club soda, no club soda, lime juice, lemon juice, and on and on…. Traditional or not, I personally do not like mojitos with sugar in them. I find them to be gritty, even if you use the superfine bar sugar. Making simple syrup is easier than easy and you can make a big batch to have on hand for that late night mojito craving!


1 cup water
1 cup sugar
2 large handfuls of fresh mint leaves
Lime juice (you should use fresh, but in a pinch, the bottled will do)
Light rum (Bacardi is my choice!)
Crushed ice
Club soda

1) Place 8-10 torn mint leaves and water in a microwave safe dish [I like something like a Pyrex measuring cup]. Heat in the microwave until boiling (2-3 minutes). Remove dish from the microwave and rapidly stir in the sugar until dissolved. Allow the syrup mix to cool completely before using.

2) To make a single drink: Place 8-10 mint leaves in the bottom of a glass and pour 1 shot glass measure (1.5 fl oz) of freshly squeeze lime juice over the mint leaves. Use a muddler or the back of a wooden spoon to crush the mint leaves and lime juice together.

3) Add 2 shots (3 fl oz) of light rum and 1 shot glass measure (1.5 oz) of the cooled simple syrup, stirring to combine. If you’re feeling extra industrious, put it in your cocktail shaker and give it a shake!

4) Fill glass 3/4 of the way full with crushed ice and top the glass off with club soda. Squeeze a lime wedge on top and enjoy!! Minty freshness, perfect for a hot summer day!

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4 thoughts on “Mojitos

  1. Pingback: Watermelon Mojitos « Adventures of a Messy Chef

  2. Angie

    What sized glass? Just wondering about how much tonic you end up using. Simple syrup cooling in fridge in anticipation of mojitos tonight!

    1. 1messychef Post author

      I make mine in a pint sized glass. I think I ended up only using a splash of the soda water – just enough to top the glass off and cut the flavors just a little. I hope you enjoy them 🙂


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