Happy Birthday Alice!!! A delicious minty refreshment for a backyard bbq– to celebrate Alice’s bday and engagement! There are many ways to make a mojito. And the basis for this one actually came from some googling that led me to the website “Musing of a housewife.” She says the secret is mint simple syrup. I totally agree and thought that infusing the rum would be a nice touch too. This way– all the mintyness is already in the drink– and the crushed and muddled mint and ice in the glass can just be for extra effect (and presentation). If you don’t have time to do the rum infusing- you can just go w. the mint simple syrup. The mint infusions give the brownish hue.
For this recipe you need:
1 750ml bottle rum (silver)
2 cups simple syrup
1 dozen limes
1 bottle seltzer
2 bunches of mint
Mint infused rum:
Bottle of silver rum
Bunch of mint
Lightly crush mint (w. hands or frying pan) (i used 3/4 of a bunch to save extra for garnish). Put in bottom of a mason jar. Sprinkled w. a little brown sugar. Pour the bottle of rum into the jar. Closed lid. Shake. And leave on the counter for 2-3 days. (if u don’t have this long- just do it as long as you have). Shake once a day. Strain. Throw out mint.
Mint simple syrup
2 cups water
2 cups sugar (used 1/4 light brown, rest white)
1 bunch mint
Bring sugar and water to a boil, cook for 1 minute for sugar to dissolve. Add mint, turn off heat, cover and let sit. Sit at least 30 mins (preferably an hour) or I left mine several hours because was leaving the house. Strain and throw out mint.
I couldn’t bother with the math– so thought I’d make 6 cups total. If you want to make less- just keep the ratio. Pour all contents in giant jar (used empty Looza bottle). Shake.
3 cups mint-infused rum
2 cups mint simple syrup
1 cup fresh lime juice (don’t use store bought)
In glass, crush some ice (w. back of a pan) and muddle with some mint (can use a pestle). Pour in mojito concoction- top off glass with seltzer.