I’ve never been a huge fan of mojitos. It’s the mint. I like mint, I don’t love mint. And a drink that has a mint flavor is a real turn off for me. Just not my vibe.
However, my sister lives mojitos and so do many of the people that I know. So I figured I’d give them another try, just like all the other things I had originally written off and given a second try.
I wanted to make it different though and necessarily have mint be a star of the show and since it is April, strawberry season, why not use strawberries?
When developing this recipe, I also learned that you wouldn’t muddle the crap out of the mint. It makes it more bitter and probably the reason that it’s not been my favorite drink all these years. A lot of people over-muddle the mint and you don’t even realize.
Since this is a strawberry mojito, we are going to muddle the crap out of the strawberries to release the juices first then add the mint.
Start by taking the strawberries and lime wedges and adding them to the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Muddle heavily with a drink muddler or the end of a wooden spoon.
You want the strawberries completely mashed with the limes.
Smack the mint leaves on the back of your hand a couple times and add them to the shaker. Muddle lightly, one or two twists of the muddler.
Add the rum and simple syrup. Fill the shaker 1/2 way with ice, cover and shake vigorously for 30 seconds to fully incorporate and finish releasing all the mint oils from the leaves.
Strain the shaker into a highball glass filled with fresh ice and top up with club soda. Garnish with a bunch of mint leaves by smacking them on the back of your hand and placing them into the drink.
You can also add a cut strawberry and lime wedge as well. Serve and enjoy.
As much as I’m not a huge fan of mint, this is a super refreshing cocktail that I definitely see myself making over and over again. Especially when my sister comes into town.
- 2 whole strawberries
- 10 fresh mint leaves
- 1/2 lime cut into 4 wedges
- 1/2 oz simple syrup
- 2 oz white rum
- 4 oz club soda
- In the bottom of a cocktail shaker, add lime wedges and strawberries. Muddle thoroughly with a drink muddler or the end of a wooden spoon.
- Smack the mint leaves on your hand a couple times and add to the cocktail shaker with the rum, simple syrup.
- Fill the shaker 1/2 way fresh ice, cover and shake vigorously for 30 seconds.
- Strain into a tall glass filled with fresh ice and top with club soda. Smack a bunch of mint leaves on your hand and garnish.