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Step 1: Gather Your Ingredients and Tools
• Fresh Mint
• Fresh Limes
• Bacardi Rum
• Lime or Lemon Juice Concentrate
• Club Soda
• 2 Wooden Spoons
• Shot Glass
• Margarita Shaker
• Lime Juicer
• Several Bowls
• Highball Glasses
Step 2: Prepare Fresh Mint
• Place several full mint sprigs into the saucepan.
• Remove about 10-15 individual mint leaves for each mojito, and place them in the bottom of each highball glass.
• Place mint-filled glasses in the refrigerator.
Step 3: Make Your Simple Syrup
• Add equal parts water and sugar (i.e. 2 cups of water and 2 cups of sugar) to create your simple syrup.
• Cook on medium heat and stir until simple syrup comes to a boil.
• Remove from heat and cool.
• (Optional: You can use less water initially and add some ice cubes after the syrup boils. This will accelerate cooling.)
Step 4: Prepare Your Lime Juice
• Cut limes in half with a sharp knife and place them cut side down into a hand-held lime juicer and squeeze away!
• (Note: You will need more lime juice than you think, so squeeze at least six limes. If you have extra juice you can always save it for later.)
Warning: Please be careful with the soft limes and the sharp knife.
Step 5: Prepare Your Glasses
• Using a wooden-handled spoon, gently crush the fresh mint leaves in the bottom of highball glasses. Don’t break them too small, and don’t do too little. The key is to get the juices flowing from the mint leaves without having them so small that you drink them through the straw.
• Fill glasses with ice and set aside.
Step 6: Prepare Your Shaker
• Assemble your four key shaker ingredients:
- Simple Syrup
- Fresh Lime Juice
- Bacardi Rum
- Lime/Lemon Concentrate
Step 7: Mix That Drink!
- 2 shots Bacardi rum
- 1 shot fresh lime juice
- 1 ½ shots simple syrup
- Tiny drop of lime/lemon concentrate
• Measure each shot over the shaker and add it in. Close the shaker lid and begin shaking with a vigorous up-and-down motion. The shaker will get super cold and icy as you shake, and when you feel like you can’t stand it anymore, your mojito is ready!
Step 8: Pour Glasses
• When pouring, leave at least an inch of free space remaining at the top of the glass.
• Use club soda to top off the drink. You really only need a little bit of this for some subtle sparkle, so don’t overdo it!
• Place a straw in the glass and move it up and down a couple times to mix the drink and mint.
• (Optional: Slice an extra lime into round, circular slices. Cut a slit half-way through the lime circle, and slide it onto the rim of your mojito glass. This is a pretty, refreshing final garnish for your drink.)
Step 9: Enjoy Your Mojito
• Also note that mojitos are best enjoyed with good friends, sunshine, a fresh breeze, and lots of Mexican food. Mariachi band optional!
Step 10: Extra Ideas
• If you want pink mojitos, add a splash of Grenadine before the addition of the club soda.
• You can create virgin mojitos with this recipe too (it’s basically glorified limeade!). Simply omit the rum and add one more shot of both lime juice and simple syrup:
- 2 shots fresh lime juice
- Tiny drop of lime/lemon juice concentrate
- 2 ½ shots simple syrup
Sometimes you need even more simple syrup than 2 ½ ounces, it depends on the sweet tooth of the person you are preparing the virgin drink for. Experiment and have fun with this!