The Perfect Mojito

What makes a perfect mojito? When you look on the web, there’s more mojito recipes than you can shake a muddler at.  So what is it? The type of rum used? The amount of mint? The setting?

I had my first mojito in an airport. I know – odd place, but it was in the Miami airport on a layover for a flight to the Caribbean. We were in the mood to get the Caribbean party started and walked past a Bacardi kiosk with a very long line of people waiting for the only drink they were fixing…a mojito. We thought with that long of line the tropical concoction must be good, so we pulled up and eagerly waited to give a mojito a try.

We watched as the bartenders meticulously muddled the mint and lime, added simple syrup and the rum, poured it into a tall glass, added a little club soda and garnished with a stick of sugarcane. After shelling out $12.00 for each drink, we grabbed ours and eagerly took our first whiff. Ahhh…so minty and fresh smelling. After one sip, we were hooked and ended up purchasing an additional one or two before heading for our flight. Every time we find ourselves in the Miami airport now we go looking for that Bacardi Mojito Kiosk!

We’ve tried many recipes for mojitos since that first taste of one in the airport and truthfully, many are really good. But for some reason, the taste of that first mojito is the one that will always be our favorite and reminds us every time of the excitement we feel when heading south for vacation and a little Rum Therapy…

Mojito Rum Recipe
The Perfect Mojito
(makes one)

1 ½ oz BACARDI Superior Rum
Club Soda
12 mint leaves
½ lime
2 tbsp simple syrup
(1 tbsp sugar can be used instead of the simple syrup. If using sugar, muddle it in the first step with the mint leaves and lime)

Muddle 12 fresh mint leaves and 1/2 a lime. Cover with 2 Tbsp. of simple syrup and top with ice. Add 1 1/2 oz of BACARDI Superior Rum and top with Club Soda. Stir well and garnish with a lime wedge and sprig of mint (and a stick of sugarcane if you can find it!)

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The Perfect Mojito
 
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Recipe type: Drinks
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 ½ oz BACARDI Superior Rum
  • Club Soda
  • 12 mint leaves
  • ½ lime
  • 2 tbsp simple syrup
  • (1 tbsp sugar can be used instead of the simple syrup. If using sugar, muddle it in the first step with the mint leaves and lime)
Instructions
  1. Muddle 12 fresh mint leaves and ½ a lime. Cover with 2 Tbsp. of simple syrup and top with ice. Add 1½ oz of BACARDI Superior Rum and top with Club Soda. Stir well and garnish with a lime wedge and sprig of mint (and a stick of sugarcane if you can find it!)


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Comments

  1. He is on his 2nd mojito already and its only 1pm…..what have you done?????

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  2. I had a mango mojito (allright, I had 3) and they were incredible! I’ll have to try 3-4 of these, too. That photo is making me really thirsty.

  3. Been playing with mojito recipes since my first trip to Grenada (had one in the Miami airport.) I remembered that the bartender used Sprite instead of club soda… and it works great if you adjust the simple syrup a little.

    • We had some of our best mojitos in the Miami airport too! Used to have a Bacardi Kiosk that made excellent ones…with a sugarcane stick!
      Will have to experiment with the Sprite – bet it would taste good!

  4. I remember having my first one at Bahama Breeze over 10 years ago and they made it with brown sugar cane instead of white fine sugar. Liked it better that way. Do you have a recipe using that by chance?

    • Hi Jod,

      You might try a Dirty Mojito which uses raw sugar or demerera and gold rum. You can find a Dirty Mojito Recipe here: http://rumtherapy.com/2012/05/dirty-mojito/

      And here’s another recipe using brown sugar. Enjoy!
      Brown Sugar Mojito
      8 mint leaves, plus 1 sprig for garnish
      2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
      1 lime, juiced
      2 ounces light rum
      Club soda

      Tear the mint leaves into a glass. Add in the brown sugar and lime juice and muddle the ingredients together. Add some ice and pour in the rum. Fill the rest of the glass with some club soda and garnish with a lime wedge and a mint sprig.

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