Mojito weekend

It’s been a Mojito weekend at the homestead.  Temps are in the 90s and HUMID….which simply begs for some refreshing relief that could only be found with a mint-and-lime-type of cocktail.  A cocktail that screams end of July….a cocktail that has “STEAMY.  HOT.  SUMMER.  And I will help you.” written all over it.  Know what I mean?

DT picked up three big bunches of mint from Thursday’s downtown Minneapolis farmer’s market.  (The mint in our garden is chugging along, but not quite cuttin’ it for the demands of a Mojito.  Or ten.)  Armed with a big bag of limes and another bag filled with bottles of club soda after a grocery store stop, what else to do but muddle, muddle, muddle?


The! What a heavenly smell from that bag.

DT found a recipe for vodka Mojitos courtesy of his crush Giada DeLaurentiis (Giada’s Vodka Mojitos).  This inspired the mint simple syrup you see here:

mint simple syrup

Mint leaves mixed with sugar and water - simmer away!

We even dug out the juicer and had the kids shoving limes in the top for the freshest lime juice you could imagine:

juicing limes

The juicer was working hard on those limes!

juicing limes 2

Fresh lime juice, comin' up!

fresh lime juice

Ahhhh....that citrusy, limey SMELL!

So there’s Giada’s recipe – using the mint simple syrup, fresh lime juice, and vodka.  DT stayed pretty true to that.  But for me, personally, I’ll stick with rum in my Mojito.  Here’s how I made my version:

  1. Squeeze the juice of half a lime and toss into pint-sized glass (yep, we’re pint-sized cocktail drinkers).
  2. Add a small-ish handful of mint leaves (my super-scientific advice is to “eyeball it”).
  3. Add about a tablespoon of corn syrup.
  4. Muddle away, incorporating the lime juice with the mint leaves and syrup.
  5. Fill the glass with ice.
  6. Add one shot of rum, and top off with club soda.  Stir drink to incorporate all ingredients.
  7. Repeat steps 1-6 above when drink has been consumed.

And the cool, refreshing, crisp, minty, limey glass of summertime-thirst-quenching-goodness looked a little something like this:


Ahhh....the final product!

What’s your favorite summertime refreshment?

As an aside – isn’t it just lovely to have fresh flowers brightening up your bedroom?  DT got this beautiful bouquet for me at the farmer’s market….thank you, sweet DT!


Mmm....the fresh, summery sight and smell of a lily bouquet. Take a whiff!



One Comment on “Mojito weekend”

  1. yennilb says:

    So refreshing! Love mojitos in the summer time!

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