The mojito is a refreshing Cuban cocktail that has become popular around the world. The traditional recipe calls for lime juice, sugar, mint leaves, white rum and sparkling water. The exact origins of the mojito are unclear, but it is believed to have originated in Cuba in the early 1900s. The drink became popular in the United States during the Prohibition era when Americans traveled to Cuba to drink alcohol legally. Virgin mojito is a non-alcoholic version of mojito, therefore, it is also a good option for those who are pregnant or nursing, as well as for young children. Virgin mojitos can be served over ice or straight from the glass. No matter how you choose to serve it, this drink is sure to be a hit!
How to make Virgin Mojito?
1) In a shaker, muddle the mint leaves with sugar and lime juice. Using a wooden muddler or other blunt objects, crush the mint leaves until they are thoroughly broken apart. Be sure that all of them are submerged in liquid so that none of them are floating at the top!/span>
2) Fill the shaker almost to the top with ice. If you don't have enough ice, your drink will be too watery.
3) Shake well and strain into a Collins glass. The Collins glass is a tall, narrow tumbler used for serving mixed drinks. It typically holds 10-12 ounces (300-350 ml). The glass gets its name from the Tom Collins cocktail.
4) Top off with club soda. Club soda is a great way to add a little fizz and refreshment to any drink.
5) Garnish with a lime wheel and mint sprig. If you want more mint flavor in your drink, add more fresh leaves! Also, add more lime juice (or simple syrup) if you prefer it tart over sweet!
- If you have a surplus of mint, freeze it so you always have the ingredients on hand. To make this for a crowd, pulse the fresh mint in a food processor with a splash of water or roughly chop it with a knife. Muddling the mint in each individual glass would be arduous.
- Sub in 1/4 cup limeade instead of fresh lime juice and honey syrup. Premix and freeze the lime/syrup combo in small souper cubes so everything is ready to go when the cravings strike.
- If you want to make this mojito mocktail an “adult” drink, add 2 oz white rum when you add the sparkling water.
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