For me, a good Mojito starts with the rum. A You want something smooth so you won’t have to disguise cheap rum with sugar and or flavored soda. I love love love Barbancourt Rhum. I ususally use the aged eight year rum. It’s smooth and delicious and I don’t need to add tons of sugar or flavored sodas to my Mojito. My runner up rum would be Mount Gay Rum. Another important step to a Mojito is muddling the mint. You want to bruise the leaves of mint to release their flavor and oils. If using a cheaper rum skip the club soda and go with a lime soda. Lastly, go with a light or clear rum. Dark rums are not good for Mojitos!
What you’ll need…
- Barbbancourt Rhum
- Fresh Mint
- Fresh Lime Juice Simple Syrup (or Lime-Aid)
- Club Soda
- Bitters (optional)
Usually Mojitos are done in individual glasses but if your making them for a party, I’ve done them in big batches in pitchers before too….
- in a pitcher add about 1 cup of mint leaves, 1 tbs of sugar and squeeze in fresh lime juice (2-3 limes). with a muddler crush mint leaves, sugar and lime together. (the sugar helps break up the mint leaves).
- pour in 2 cups of rum, 2 cups of club soda and top off with lime-aid. (hit it with a few splashes of bitters) Stir.
- fill glasses with ice, pour Mojito over ice, garnish with a sprig of mint and lime wedge.