The Weekend Cocktail: Mojito Madness

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY

As you can see from my “Back to the Kitchen” column I am super excited that we are moving into grilling season! If you are like me you have pulled out your smoker and your barbeque and you are grilling just about everything! So the food part is easy, but what to drink? I love the refreshing lime flavor of a mojito! I also love playing with the flavors so here is the classic recipe and one that is made with mandarin oranges! So simple and so tasty! Cheers!

Classic Cuban Mojito

1-teaspoon simple syrup

Juice from 2 limes (3 ounces)

4 mint leaves

1 sprig of mint

Good white rum (2 ounces)

2 ounces sparkling water

Place the mint leaves into a long mojito glass (often called a “Collins” glass, but any tall glass will do) and squeeze the juice from a cut lime over it. You’ll want about three ounces of lime juice. Add the simple syrup, and then gently smash the mint into the lime juice and simple syrup with a muddler or the handle of a wooden spoon. Add crushed ice then add the rum and stir, and top off with sparkling water. Garnish with a mint sprig.

Classic Simple Syrup

1-cup water

1-cup sugar

Mix the water and sugar together in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Let boil 1 minute, then immediately remove from the heat. Let cool to room temperature before using.

Mandarin Orange Mojito

1-15 ounce can of mandarin orange undrained

1-cup mint leaves

6 cups cold lemonade

2 cups white rum

Lemon slices

In a large pitcher muddle the Mandarin oranges and mint. Pour in the lemonade and the rum. Stir well. Rim 4 highball glasses with sugar. Fill with ice and pour in the cocktail. Garnish with the lemon slices!

About Karen Young

Karen Young is the founder of My Daily Find.