Duet Mint Mojito

This mojito recipe I created is EXTRA special for two reasons.  It uses a simple syrup made with natural sugar (recipe here) and it uses TWO kinds of mint from my garden: spearmint and apple mint.  The spearmint gives it a kick, grabbing your taste buds when you take your first sip.  But the apple mint?  Oh my.  The hint of “apple” makes it so smooth as it is going down.

But what if you don’t have any natural sugar or fresh mint from the garden on hand?  Never fear.  Make your syrup from the sugar you have and grab some fresh mint from the grocery.  While it won’t be extra special it will still be VERY good.

That said, maybe this post will encourage you to grow some (or more kinds of) mint.  If you have never grown anything and think it might be fun to start, mint is great for beginning gardeners. I grow all mine in pots.

Ok….on to the recipe.

Apple mint and limes

Apple mint and limes

Double Mint Mojito

(For printable version, scroll all the way down to the end.)

Makes one drink

10 leaves of peppermint
10 leaves of apple mint
3/4 to a whole lime, sliced length way into thin slices.  I end up with 16 and use a whole lime.
2 tablespoons of simple syrup
1-2 shots of chilled rum (I use 2.  Don’t judge me.)
½ cup of cold club soda
1 cup of crushed ice (don’t crush it too small, however)

Begin by muddling (aka: smashing not chopping) all the mint with 2-3 slices of the lime.  Continue to add lime slices and continue to muddle.  After the 10th slice of lime (or so) add in the simple syrup.  Keep muddling away.  If you don’t want that many slices of lime in the bottom of your glass, and like a lot of lime as I do, squeeze the last few slices into the bowl.

Side note: I use a mortar and pestle to do the muddling.  If you don’t have one, find a small strong bowl and use the underside of a small hefty spoon.  Don’t chop. Smash.  You want to release the oils of the mint, infusing it with the lime and sugar.

Side note: I use a mortar and pestle to do the muddling.  If you don’t have one, find a small strong bowl and use the underside of a small hefty spoon.  Don’t chop. Smash.  You want to release the oils of the mint, infusing it with the lime and sugar.

Pour the muddled mixture into the bottom of a glass, place ice on top of muddle.  Pour the rum over the ice then top with the club soda.  Give it a gentle stir, leaving the lime and mint chunks on the bottom as best you can.  You want to lift the liquid of the muddle into the rum and soda.  Garnish with a lime wedge and mint.

What it looks like after muddling.  I love the word muddling.

What it looks like after muddling. I love the word muddling.

If you create this for several friends, line up your glasses.  Muddle for one recipe at a time, placing each muddle mixture in the bottom of each glass.  Then when it’s time to serve, your muddle is ready to be topped with the ice, rum and soda and all can start enjoying their cold one at the same time.

I have a rule to be a “one drink/never drink alone” girl (long story behind the reason for this rule).  This beverage tempts me to break my rule every time!  Thus, sometimes I’ll make a second glass using my virgin recipe. Simply substitute the rum with a ginger beer (not ginger ale).  Most ginger beers are non alcoholic.

This is my apple mint.  It is growing in a pot that I put underground.  This keeps the roots from invading the entire land!

This is my apple mint. It is growing in a pot that I put underground. This keeps the roots from invading the entire land!

My spearmint. I grow all mint in pots (because it is an invasive plant).  It comes up each year.

My spearmint. I grow all mint in pots (because it is an invasive plant). Even though it’s in a pot, it will come back again next year here in Colorado.  If it happens to be a really dry winter, do water the roots once in a while since things in pots don’t get as much moisture.

Duet Mint Mojito
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Ingredients
  • 10 leaves of peppermint
  • 10 leaves of apple mint
  • ¾ to a whole lime, sliced length way into thin slices. I end up with 16 and use a whole lime.
  • 2 tablespoons of simple syrup
  • 1-2 shots of chilled rum (I use 2. Don’t judge me.)
  • ½ cup of cold club soda
  • 1 cup of crushed ice (don’t crush it too small, however)
Instructions
  1. Begin by muddling (aka: smashing not chopping) all the mint with 2-3 slices of the lime.
  2. Continue to add lime slices and continue to muddle.
  3. After the 10th slice of lime (or so) add in the simple syrup. Keep muddling away. If you don’t want that many slices of lime in the bottom of your glass, and like a lot of lime as I do, squeeze the last few slices into the bowl.
  4. If you create this for several friends, line up your glasses. Muddle for one recipe at a time, placing each muddle mixture in the bottom of each glass. Then when it’s time to serve, your muddle is ready to be topped with the ice, rum and soda and all can start enjoying their cold one at the same time.
  5. I have a rule to be a “one drink/never drink alone” girl (long story behind the reason for this rule). This beverage tempts me to break my rule every time! Thus, sometimes I’ll make a second glass using my virgin recipe. Simply substitute the rum with a ginger beer (not ginger ale). Most ginger beers are non alcoholic.

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