Since the heat wave hit Ireland in the last week I have been on the hunt for fresh mint leaves in order to make mojitos. Mojitos just remind me of holidays and sunny evenings and I just had to have one. Apparently the whole of Newcastle had the same idea; as I had been unable to track any down despite numerous trips to Tesco, Lidl, two different SuperValu’s and numerous green grocers & newsagents. I finally came across some in Supervalu today, so naturally cleared out the display and now have a fine stash in my fridge. So for any fellow mojito lovers, here is the recipe for a classic mojito.
Cut 1/2 a lime into 4 sections and put one into a strong glass with a handful of mint leaves and muddle/crush/squeeze the juice and mint together using a pestle or the back of a spoon. Add 2 tbsp caster sugar/brown sugar and the remaining 3 pieces of lime and muddle with the spoon again. Add ice almost filling the glass to the top, pour 1.5 fl oz’s rum over the ice & top up with soda water. Give it a good stir, you can add more sugar to taste but I find it stays gritty and you get a pile in the bottom of your drink if its not muddled into the lime juice.
For a less traditional version you can muddle strawberries in with the mint & lime. Sit outside and sip through a straw while relaxing in the evening sun with some good company…..the perfect way to spend a summers evening.