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My What a Fine Mojito!

by Matt Mehaffey on 28 July 2009


James and I came up with a remarkably simple mojito recipe this past weekend. It’s so simple you can almost memorize it and really impress your friends at your next party.

This recipe makes one large pitcher

First combine 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water in a small saucepan, stir, and bring to a boil. Once it comes to a boil, stir again, remove from heat and add 8-10 ice cubes to cool it quickly.  (This is an easy recipe for a simple syrup, which you can use in many different cocktails).  If you plan to make more than one pitcher for the evening, double this recipe from the outset.

In a large (60 oz.) pitcher combine:

1 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
1 cup loosely packed mint leaves (don’t skimp on the mint!)
Muddle the mint with the lime juice to release natural oils of the mint.

Pour in 1 cup of the sugar water mixture and add

2 cups high quality white rum (Bacardi will suffice, but I find Tommy Bahama rum to be the best)
2 cups soda water.


DO NOT add ice to the pitcher as this will water down to mixture.

To serve, add a few mint leaves to a highball glass, fill with ice and pour cocktail over the ice. Garnish with a lime wedge.


Repeat as necessary.

About Matt Mehaffey

Matthew Mehaffey is Associate Professor of Music at the University of Minnesota, where he conducts the Concert Choir and the Men’s Chorus, teaches graduate courses in Conducting and Literature, and regularly serves as Music Director of the University Opera Theatre.

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1 Bridoc 28 July 2009 at 11:40

This post made me thirsty.
Nice work, Matt.

2 John Burgess 3 August 2009 at 10:42

You can up it a notch if, instead of soda water, you use prosecco. I find the wine cuts the harshness of the lime/soda while still playing up the citrus.

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