Real Cocktails: Mojitos

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homemade mojito

Mojitos are light and refreshing: bright lime and mint mixed with homemade bitters, mineral water, and light rum.  And all lightly sweetened with homemade honey syrup, a real food mojito is hardly something to consider

Every year when it heats up I want to have a mojito.  Or any time I get my hands on some mineral water.  Or mint.  Okay, fine, I just really want a mojito pretty much any time I can manage it!  (After all, I wrote the book on real cocktails, and it’s time to shake one up!)

So if you have a patch of mint growing in your backyard, grab a handful and let’s get cracking!

Equipment Needed:

  • cocktail shaker, muddler, measuring shot glass
  • tall glass (or highball glass or iced tea glass)

Real Food Mojito (Real Cocktails)
(serves 1)

2 sprigs fresh mint
1 ounce Honey Syrup (recipe below)
3/4 ounce fresh lime juice
1 1/2 ounces light rum
2 dashes Aromatic Bitters
unflavored water kefir (from the first ferment) or mineral water (find mineral water here)

Muddle one mint sprig, simple syrup, and lime juice together. Add rum and ice. Shake ingredients together and pour into a tall glass filled 3/4 with small ice. Fill the glass to the top with water kefir or mineral water. Garnish with the remaining sprig of mint.

Honey Syrup

3/4 cup filtered water (find water filters here)
3/4 cup raw honey (find raw honey here)

  1. In a saucepan, heat the water until warm. Remove from heat. Add honey, and stir to combine.
  2. Pour into a pint glass jar, cap tightly, and let cool completely. Honey simple syrup lasts several weeks in the refrigerator.
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