FROM THE KITCHEN OF: Julie Reiner from Oprah Online
TOTAL TIME: less than 15 min MAKES: makes 7-8 drinks
Sometimes I crave a good cocktail. This time, it was a mojito. I was on a mission to make a good mojito from scratch. I even had most of the ingredients—rum leftover from my wedding last September, fresh chocolate mint picked from a friend’s garden and raspberries from the farmers’ market. I had asked Facebook fans for recipe suggestions, but I ultimately found one I couldn’t pass up. Julie Reiner is a mixologist in New York City and showcased a tasty mojito recipe on Oprah’s website. Why I decided to try this recipe was because it was set up like a “make-your-own mojito station” served with a variety of fruits. This way, you could entertain guests rather than be a bartender all night.
After having my fair share, I could definitely see myself making this over-and-over. The ratio of rum, lime juice, simple syrup was quite the perfect base. It wasn’t too sweet or too strong. Even if it was too strong, adjusting the taste with club soda helped. This is a cocktail recipe every one should have in their back pockets.
handful of mint leaves
1 pint of raspberries
bottle of club soda
1/2 cup of water
1/2 cup of sugar
2 cups of white rum
1. Pick fresh mint. If you have a herb garden, or have a friend that has an herb garden, pick some fresh mint. Our friend + neighbor right down the road allowed us to pick some of his chocolate mint from his backyard. Thanks, Chris!!
2. Make the simple syrup. Simple syrup is just equal parts water to sugar. Place the water and sugar in a small saucepan over low heat on the stove. Stirring occasionally, the water simmers and the sugar dissolves leaving a clear liquid. This process literally takes a few minutes. Set aside and let cool.
3. Squeeze the limes. I highly recommend using a lemon squeezer. The lime juice doesn’t flow out so easily just using your bare hands. The squeezer helps to get every last drop of juice. I actually used 6 1/2 limes to 3/4 cup of lime juice.
4. Combine liquids in a pitcher. Pour the freshly squeezed lime juice, cooled simple syrup and rum in a pitcher. Stir and place in fridge for at least 30 minutes.
5. Make the mojitos. When you’re ready to serve, pour the lime/simple syrup/rum mixture into a glass filling it almost half way. Add 3-4 raspberries, a few springs of mint to the mixture. Use a muddler to mash everything together. Add a handful of ice and top it off with club soda. Salud!
So I didn’t have a muddler, I used the end of a ice cream scooper. Worked like a charm.
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