What’s not to love about a mojito. Well, if you’re me: the rum, club soda and honey, for starters. But knowing that I’ve had and loved mojitos, I was determined to give making one a try. Here’s what we concocted.
- (makes 4)
- 40 mint leaves, torn
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 2 1/2 cups sliced strawberries
- 10 ounces light rum (we used Flor de Caña)
- 4 ounces freshly squeezed lime juice
- 5 tbsps honey
- Club soda, to taste
- Mint sprigs and strawberries, to garnish
Place the torn mint leaves and sugar in a large cocktail shaker, and muddle them until pulverized. Add the sliced strawberries, and muddle some more. Next, add the rum, lime juice, honey, and enough ice to fill the shaker. Secure the lid, and shake until chilled.
Next, place a few more mint leaves in each highball glass, and give them a muddle. Fill each glass with ice, and strain the contents of the shaker evenly among the glasses. Taste, and top with club soda to your liking. Garnish with a strawberry, and serve!
The verdict: So, I should begin by saying that I made a version of this earlier in summer and free-poured the rum in that measurements-be-damned way that can never be replicated or quantified, no matter how hard you try. In fact, the entire cocktail was made that way: a splash of soda, a squeeze of honey—your basic one-night-stand equivalent of that mojito you’ll never forget. Unless you actually need to replicate it, that is.
So long story less long, it was good but didn’t rock our worlds. I think more rum was needed—about a 1/2 ounce per serving. And I’d cut back a smidge on the lime juice (which I never say). My disappointment, however, was not shared, and everyone else quite enjoyed their cocktails. Sold!