Try a Mojito for your Next Party

Mojitos makes a nice refreshing party drink made with fresh mint, fresh lime, rum, club soda and sugar. They can be made by the glass, or scaled up to a pitcher.
  • 1.5 oz light rum
  • about 12 fresh mint leaves
  • 4 lime wedges
  • ice cubes
  • soda water
  • 2 tbsp of simple sugar (2 parts dissolved sugar to 1 part water)
  • sugar cane, quartered lengthwise
  • Cocktail shaker (or just a pint glass will do)
  • Meddlers (or spoon)
  • Pilsner or other tall glass
  1. Squeeze the lime wedges into the cocktail shaker, and then put the used limes into the glass. (If you don’t have a cocktail shaker or are making a pitcher’s worth, just use the container and stir instead of shake.)
  2. Place mint leaves into the shaker. Using a meddler, or a spoon if you don’t have a meddler, crush the mint leaves until they become bruised.
  3. Add the rum, simple syrup and  ice. Cover the shaker and shake until blended.
  4. Fill a the pilsner glass with ice and depending if you want the bits (I like the mint and lime bits) either dump or strain the mixture over the ice.  Top off with soda water, add a spring of mint and a length of sugar cane as a garnish.

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I spent the last five years earning my PhD in Engineering. I enjoy all types of science and writing, so I am trying out a new career path in science publication and communication. Recently, I have moved to Oxford, England. As an environmentally-conscious person, Oxford is a great place to live…notably there is no car required. I love to talk about vegan cooking, plant-based diets and the benefits of such, so just ask if you are interested. I do ballet for fun and love kitties.

  • Perfect timing! My porch garden is exploding with mint!

  • Lyra & Jeremy Bloom

    Try it Brazilian style, using Cachaça instead of rum.
    While rum is made from sugar cane that’s been heavily processed and boiled, Cachaça is fermented from the the fresh sugar-cane juice. It has a light floral overtone that is delightfully yummy, and makes a really lovely mojito….