Refreshing strawberry mojitos with fresh mint and berries. Perfect cocktail for a hot summer day!
I dabbled in making mojitos in college and it didn’t work out so well. You see, my friends and I decided that to cut calories, we would substitute sugar for Splenda.
If you’re thinking that doesn’t seem like the wisest decision for a group of girls headed toward college degrees, then you would be 100% correct.
We drank the sucrose-laden muddled mint cocktails but I will tell you that we 100% regretted it the next day.
Luckily, since our Splenda concoction tastes absolutely nothing like actual mojitos, I wasn’t soured for life and will still drink the occasional minty rum cocktail. Okay, maybe more than occasionally in the summertime but that’s beside the point.
The point is that these strawberry mojitos are a warm weather staple that you need to make immediately, if not sooner. Use fresh berries if you have the in-season, but if not, frozen unsweetened berries that have been defrosted are fine to substitute. I’ve made these with other berries, too — blueberries, raspberries, whatever flavor it is you like the most.
- 4-5 fresh strawberries, depending on size
- Small handful of fresh mint leaves
- 3 oz simple syrup (even amounts of sugar and water, heated until the sugar melts, and cooled to room temperature)
- 2 oz rum
- 1½ tsp fresh lime juice
- Club soda
- Lime slices
- Place strawberries, mint, and some ice (crushed ice works best) in a tall glass. Muddle the ingredients together with the back of a spoon (or a muddler if you have one.) Add simple syrup, rum, and lime juice. Pour in enough club soda to fill the glass. Give the mixture a stir, and garnish with fresh strawberries and lime slices.