Thursday, April 15, 2021

Mojito with Minty Simple Syrup @LucyBurdette

LUCY BURDETTE: Having received both of our vaccinations and waited enough time for them to kick in, we’ve begun to slowly re-enter the world. What a joy to see friends and family after a year of fear and isolation. And we’ve been so thrilled to visit restaurants we love (still sitting outside) and sample Mojitos! (The one at the left is from Salute on the Beach.) One of my dear friends, Paulette, suggested that the secret to the best Mojito is in the use of the simple syrup. So I made my latest batch this way. And I share the results with you:

Ingredients for Five Mojitos

One lemon

5 to 6 key limes

One bunch mint


Club soda

1/2 cup sugar (I used Domino's golden sugar)

1/2 cup water

To make the simple syrup, combine the sugar and water in a small sauce pan and bring to a low boil. Simmer until the sugar has dissolved. Move the pan from the heat and add the sprigs of mint. I used two and I would double it next time. This infuses the syrup with a lovely minty flavor. Let the syrup cool to room temperature.

To make the Mojitos:

In a highball glass, add one lemon slice, several lime slices, and three-quarter ounce simple syrup. Muddle this (bruise it) using a pestle or wooden spoon. Add 1 to 2 ounces of rum, depending on how strong you want to drink to be. 

Fill the glass with ice, and then club soda. Float a mint sprig on top.

To make the drink nonalcoholic, simply omit the rum. Here’s to a healthier, happier year!

Lucy Burdette writes the Key West food critic mysteries. #11, A SCONE OF CONTENTION, will be in bookstores near you on August 10. Follow Lucy on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter...

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  1. I'll have to try your Mojito recipe, sounds good. The last time I tried one when we were out I didn't care for it. Looking forward to reading Scone of Contention too. I am always eagerly awaiting the next Hayley Snow book. Love this series!!!

    1. thanks so much! I think the recipes vary widely, so you never know quite what you'll get

  2. After my first made-from-scratch mojito I was hooked! A wonderful summer drink.

  3. My first mojito was in Key West. Great stuff.
    I don't like the edge that club soda has. It makes me think of Alka-Seltzer. I'll stick with seltzer.

  4. You party girl, you! Thanks for a beautiful post. Hugs. MJ