Mango Rum Mojitos

Our sweet mint plant in the veggie garden beds has exploded in size, so we decided to make some delicious and refreshing homemade mojitos!  Here’s an easy recipe for you to make your own, too.
Mango Rum Mojitos
Courtesy of Evan
– 3 sprigs fresh sweet mint leaves
– 2 fresh limes
– 1 cup white sugar
– 1/2 cup water
– Mango rum
– Club soda
First, gather your sprigs of sweet mint.  Wash them thoroughly.
Pluck the leaves off of the stems and pat them dry.

Also, slice the fresh limes into wedges.
To make the simple syrup, boil 1/2 cup of water in a sauce pan, then stir in 1 cup sugar once it begins to boil.  Stir constantly until the sugar is dissolved.  Remove the saucepan from the heat and allow the simple syrup to cool for approximately five minutes.
Meanwhile, bring out the drink glasses and fill them with crushed ice.
You will need to use approximately 8-10 mint leaves per glass.  Add these leaves to the bottom of a shaker.
Include the limes, as well.  It’s okay to add them as wedges because you’ll be crushing them up in a bit.

Use a muddler to press the limes and mint leaves together.  
For each individual mojito, add 1 oz. of the simple syrup to the shaker.

You can really use any kind of rum in mojitos.  We chose a mango rum to give ours a little pizzazz. 
Then, add approximately 2 oz. of rum to the shaker.

Muddle everything together once more!

Then, add enough cubed ice to cool the drink down.  Place the lid on top of the shaker and give it a good couple of shakes. 

Once done, pour the mojito mix into the drink glass. Fill it up halfway.

To add a little carbonation, fill up the other half of the glass with club soda.  Stir well. 

Add extra crushed mint leaves and a lime wedge in each glass for garnish.  Then, sip and enjoy!
I’m not big on mixed drinks, but mojitos are light and refreshing.  I love the combination of the crushed mint leaves with the sugary mango rum.  

These will be perfect for summer!  
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