I’m not a big drinker. Whenever we go out for happy hour after work, I usually have one beer. If we go out at night, my go-to drink is a vodka cranberry. Well, that’s not true. My first choice of drink would be a mojito. But since we don’t go to high-end bars where they specialize in mixed drinks, most places just don’t have mint leaves to make mojitos. Honestly, I think the last time I was at a bar that could actually make mojitos was when we were in Costa Rica a year and a half ago. Unfortunately I had food poisoning then, so I couldn’t even take advantage of all inclusive mojitos. How sad!!
We also don’t go out much – we’re getting old. I’m turning 30 this week, and we mostly want to hang out at home at night, watch some netflix, cuddle with the cats, and talk about how our blogs are doing. (Aldo’s other identity is Million Dollar Ninja, where he writes about personal finance).
But I do miss a good mojito.
Luckily, they are SO easy to make! Sure, they require a few ingredients that you don’t commonly have, but they’re all readily available. So just add the following to your shopping list – mint leaves, limes, seltzer, and rum. If you want to make the mojitos as described below, you’ll need coconut rum and agave nectar as well.
I have this SodaStream Soda Maker because I love seltzer (it was a much appreciated birthday present several years ago, well worth the money because I use it almost daily), and it comes in very handy for times like these – I made some seltzer for these mojitos in about 10 seconds.
I do like to pretend that this mojito recipe is ”healthier” – I don’t use sprite and don’t use white sugar. Agave is a natural healthy sweetener, mint and limes are healthy, so practically speaking, drinking these mojitos is as healthy as eating a salad!
Alright, maybe I’m a bit tipsy as I am writing this. 🙂
The agave definitely adds an awesome flavor to the mojitos, one that you don’t get from sugar, which just tastes sweet but doesn’t have any real flavor.
Anyway, here’s the recipe:
Coconut Agave Mojitos
Makes 1 mojito. Total time: 3 minutes.
- 10 mint leaves
- 1/2 lime, cut into wedges and then into halves (plus extra to make your drink fancy)
- 1 tablespoon agave nectar
- 1/3 cup seltzer (or sprite, but it might be too sweet)
- 1 shot of coconut rum (I used Bacardi)
- 4-5 ice cubes
- Totally optional: flaked coconut (I like the unsweetened kind)
Substitution notes: Substitute 1 tablespoon of sugar for the agave if you prefer. You might need more or less according to taste.
1. So here is the totally optional part, but it makes your drink fancy: Run a piece of lime (ha, I typed rum instead of run at first) along the rim of the glass. Then dip the rim of the glass into a bowl with coconut flakes. Now you’ll have to be careful not to mess up the coconut flakes as you are making the drink.
2. Add 10 mint leaves to a glass, and muddle them. If you don’t have a mojito muddler, you should get one. No I’m kidding. If you don’t have a mojito muddler, you can use a fork to mash up the mint leaves. As long as you break the leaves to release mint juices all over the bottom of the glass, you’re doing it right.
I started out with these tall fancy glasses thinking they would look nice. But I didn’t have enough space to muddle everything efficiently in there, so I switched to wider glasses.
2. Add the limes to the glass and muddle them too. Basically, just squeeze all the juice out of them and break the skin a bit to release the lime oils.
3. Add the tablespoon of agave. One tablespoon was sweet enough for me, but you can add more if you like your drinks sweet. Use the muddler to swirl everything together.
4. Add the ice cubes, rum, and seltzer.
5. Insert a fancy straw, give it a stir, and enjoy!my facebook page. Every new like makes my day.