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Fresh Mint Mojito

The summer is winding down, but we're not willing to trade in our refreshing cocktails for autumn ones just yet! This Mint Mojito is easily personalized by guests, and will keep them coming back for more all night long.

For your Labor Day or end-of-summer bash, it's fun to let your guests customize their own cocktails to their liking. For a self-serve mojito bar, the key is have fresh mint leaves. If you don't have some growing in a garden, you can buy potted plants with fresh mint leaves at your local gradening shop or grocery store.With some fresh lime slices and good rum, your guests will love sipping on this refreshing, summery drink for one last outdoor hoorah.

Create this Outdoor Self-Serve Mojito Bar for guests, starting with my recipe below. The mint-infused simple syrup really makes the drink, so make sure you have some sitting out for your guests. Display the rest of your ingredients, along with a full pitcher of the mojitos. That way, guests can customize theirs to their liking. The cocktail is refreshing and oh, so summery!

  • Mint Infused Simple Syrup:
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
  • Mint Mojoto:
  • 8 oz. white rum
  • 4 limes
  • 2-3 oz. mint simple syrup*
  • 16 oz. seltzer/club soda/sparkling water
  • 4 mint sprigs

Mint Infused Simple Syrup:

Heat sugar and water in non-stick saucepan, stirring until sugar is dissolved.

Remove from heat, add mint, cover, and allow it to steep for five minutes.

Strain mint through a fine mesh sieve. Store simple syrup in refrigerator for up to one week.


Mint Mojoto:

Wash limes, squeeze the juice of 2 limes into the pitcher.

Cut remaining 2 limes into wedges so each lime yields 8 pieces. Reserve 4 lime wedges. Squeeze 12 lime wedges into pitcher (toss in wedges after you squeeze in juice.)/p>

Add rum and mint simple syrup to pitcher and stir – now you have your “mojito juice.”

Fill glasses halfway with ice and then halfway with “mojito juice”. Top with seltzer/club soda, stir with stirrer, and dress drink with a lime wedge and mint sprig.

*Taste your cocktail before serving, if you like your mojito sweeter/more minty, stir in a little more mint simple syrup.


Makes: 4

Note: Although this recipe is for 4, you can easily double/triple it. This recipe provides for making the base of the drink before guests arrive so you can simply pour over ice, top with seltzer and serve. Set up a signature drink station/bar with the pitcher of pre-made mojito base along with glasses, a bucket of ice and scoop, seltzer and aromatic springs of mint. As your guests arrive, mix their drink (it’s a simple drink to mix and it feels special) – this way the drinks don’t get watered down and the seltzer stays bubbly. You can replenish the station as necessary and allow guests to help themselves thereafter – this gives guests the freedom to refresh their drinks at their leisure and also control the strength of their next drink.

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