I offered a mojito to a visitor and he was surprised when I started my relatively labor-intensive preparation. Said he’d only had the pre-mixed kind before.
Ugh. Please. The world’s most refreshing summer drink can’t come from a bottle of mix. Here’s a simple recipe.
1. Make simple syrup. 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water, bring to a boil to dissolve the sugar. Cool. (You can store this syrup safely in the fridge for a day or two, which is handy.)
2. Take out a tall glass. Put in a tablespoon or two of simple syrup and optionally a sprinkle of raw cane sugar. Add juice of 1/2 to 1 whole lime (you can add lime segments if you prefer muddling instead of juicing). Add several fresh mint leaves (crushed or muddled). Add cubed ice. Add 1/4 glass of very smooth rum (recommended: Westerhall Plantation). Top off with cold club soda. Stir.
4. Moderate your intake because they’re quite sneaky.
5. Adjust proportions to your liking in future servings. I like more lime juice than my wife does.