Spiced Rum Mojitos

 Yum!

My sisters birthday was last weekend, and it has inspired me to make my own mojitos.

We went down to Atlantic City to dance the night away at Boogie Nights and eat like slobs at Cuba Libre. We successfully did both. (You can read my reviews on both places on Yelp) I happen to love 70’s/80’s disco, so I find Boogie Nights in Atlantic City awesome. We danced our socks off, and my brother-in-law was on creeper duty whenever my husband wasn’t nearby.

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Our dinner at Cuba Libre was delicious, but I thought the mojitos were just a bit too sweet for my taste, so when I came home I tried to make my own.  They actually came out pretty good…I was impressed with myself.

Mojitos are pretty basic. For 2 mojitos, all you need is:
Handful of fresh mint (About 20-30 leaves)
1 lime, cut into quarters
2 shots of Rum – or more, if you like 😉
3tsp sugar, divided (depending on how you like your cocktail, you may want more or less sugar)
16oz club soda
Ice

Divide the leaves and sugar into each glass.
Muddle leaves and sugar.
Add rum and the juice of a quarter of lime in each glass.
Muddle again.
Top with club soda and ice

My mojito was made with spiced rum because that’s what I had (and that’s what I like) and fresh mint from my Mama’s garden.  I used a wooden spoon to muddle the mint, lime, and sugar. I added the shot of rum to each glass, muddled a bit more, and then added the club soda. A few weeks ago, I had some berries that were about so go bad, so I froze them with mint leaves in an ice cube tray. I used those to ice the mojitos, and topped each off with another quarter of lime.

I still thought the mojito was still just a touch too sweet (probably because I used spiced rum), but the nice thing about making this from home is that I get to try and try and try again, until it’s just how I like it ;).

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