Refreshing Summer Mojitos: Three Ways

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Hey, friends!  I’m sharing a few variations on one of my favorite summertime cocktails: the mojito!  The classic combination of rum, lime, and mint is so refreshing and really hits the spot in the summer months when the sun is hot, but the vibe is chill.  I was inspired to make a few versions of this fun cocktail – traditional mint, citrus-y orange, and cool blueberry – after a trip to my local market, where I scored a gorgeous haul of fresh mint and vibrant, seasonal fruit.

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Here’s what you need to try all three versions: white rum, club soda, fresh mint, limes, oranges, blueberries, and agave nectar or sweetener of choice.  (Full recipes below)

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Each version starts by placing fresh mint leaves and lime wedges in the bottom of a glass (for the orange or blueberry versions, also add orange wedges or blueberries, respectively).  Next, add the desired sweetener – traditionally, white sugar or simple syrup is used, but I love using agave nectar in my cocktails, since it blends so easily and is a healthier alternative to refined sugar.

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Use a cocktail muddler to smash the mint, fruit, and sweetener together, releasing all of the oils and juices.  (If you don’t have a muddler, the end of a wooden spoon works just fine).  Add crushed ice to the glass (side note: am I the only one who always runs out of ice at these crucial junctures?)

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Top off the muddled mixture and ice with the desired amount of rum and club soda; give the contents of the glass a quick stir and add some more fresh mint to garnish – et voila!

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Classic Mint Mojito:

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Ingredients:

6-8 fresh mint leaves, plus more for garnish

4 lime wedges (or about half of a lime)

1-2 tsp. agave nectar (or desired sweetener, such as white sugar, or simple syrup)

1/2 cup – 1 cup crushed ice/ice cubes

1 and 1/2 ounces of white rum

1/2 cup club soda

Directions:

Place mint leaves, lime wedges, and sweetener into a tall glass.  Use a muddler to crush the mint and lime, releasing the mint oils and lime juices.  Fill the glass with ice and add the rum.  Top off the rest of the glass with the club soda and stir gently to incorporate.  Taste and add more sweetener as needed.  Garnish with a mint spring and enjoy.

Fresh Orange Mojito:

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Ingredients:

6-8 fresh mint leaves, plus more for garnish

3-4 lime wedges (about half of a lime)

2 orange wedges, plus more for garnish

1-2 tsp. agave nectar (or desired sweetener, such as white sugar, or simple syrup)

1/2 cup – 1 cup crushed ice/ice cubes

1 and 1/2 ounces of white rum

1/2 cup club soda

Directions:

Place mint leaves, lime and orange wedges, and sweetener into a tall glass.  Use a muddler to crush the mint and fruit, releasing the oils and juices.  Fill the glass with ice and add the rum.  Top off the rest of the glass with the club soda and stir gently to incorporate.  Taste and add more sweetener as needed.  Garnish with a mint spring and orange wedge.

Cool Blueberry Mojito:

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Ingredients:

6-8 fresh mint leaves, plus more for garnish

3-4 lime wedges (or about half of a lime)

10-15 blueberries, plus more for garnish (about a palm full)

1-2 tsp. agave nectar (or desired sweetener, such as white sugar, or simple syrup)

1/2 cup – 1 cup crushed ice/ice cubes

1 and 1/2 ounces of white rum

1/2 cup club soda

Directions:

Place mint leaves, lime wedges, blueberries, and sweetener into a tall glass.  Use a muddler to crush the mint and fruit, releasing the oils and juices.  Fill the glass with ice and add the rum.  Top off the rest of the glass with the club soda and stir gently to incorporate.  Taste and add more sweetener as needed.  Garnish with a mint spring and a few more whole blueberries.

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As with most drinks, these mojitos turn out the best when you adjust the proportions of the ingredients (sweetener, rum, and club soda) to suit your individual tastes.  I prefer to make mine on the less-sweet side, so the herb-y mint and natural fruit flavors shine, but for those who are not huge mint-lovers, adding more sweetener would help to mellow the flavors.

I hope you have fun trying out these refreshing mojitos!  Keep cool & summer on!

xo Megan