What I like best about mojitos is that they are a beautiful blend of tart lime, the sweetness of sugar and herby mint combined with soda and rum to make a tasty cocktail. It’s relatively easy to make with a simple and straightforward recipe. However, many people can easily get it wrong. Perhaps, the mint is not muddled, there’s too much sugar or maybe it’s just not sweet/tart/herby enough.
The simple solution to balancing all of the flavors is to maintain a 1:3 ratio of sugar to lime. You can add more mint, you can use less mint, you can muddle strawberries/passion fruit/blueberries into the mix (it’s up to you), make an entire pitcher of it for when guests come over or for yourself if you are feeling festive, whatever! Go crazy! However, if you want it to taste good then remember to keep that 1:3 ratio of sugar to lime.
1 tbsp sugar
3 tbsp lime juice (fresh is best)
small handful of fresh mint
1 oz Rum (or vodka as I prefer)
Soda water (2-3 oz)
In a glass, mix 1 tbsp of sugar with 3 tbsp of lime juice and 1 oz of rum or vodka. Add mint and muddle with a spoon, muddler, end of rolling pin, etc. Make sure the mint leaves ‘bleed’ into the lime and alcohol mix. Add a handful of ice, and then top off with soda water (usually 2-3oz). Stir together and enjoy!