Mojito Recipe And How To Video From Indian Wells

How to Make A Classic Mojito: Instructions, Ingredients and Video Demo

Mojito ingredients. Video still of fingertips and holding a fresh lime and chocolate mint on a cutting board.
This recipe for a Classic Mojito comes to us courtesy of Award Winning Mixologist, Natasha Garcia. We caught up with Natasha on a recent sunny afternoon (108˚), outside of Palm Springs, California at the Miramonte Resort & Spa. This refreshing cocktail was the perfect pick for the paint peeling temperatures outside. You can easily make this beverage non-alcoholic by omitting the rum and increasing the amount of lime juice, simple syrup and club soda proportionately. The muddled mint and fresh lime juice make this drink a hit either way., pub-2261152276079224, DIRECT, f08c47fec0942fa0

What is muddling, anyway? Muddling is the process of releasing and combining the flavors of fresh ingredients. Similar to the mortar and pestle used for crushing and combining dried ingredients, muddling is not meant to pulverize. It’s more like an introduction. Introduce the lime wedge to the mint leaves. Encourage them to mix and mingle and engage in a convivial manner. As Natasha points out in the video, we don’t want to bruise the ingredients, but rather release their flavors.

Mojito Recipe

Muddle together:

1 Fresh Lime Wedge
1 Tablespoon Fresh Mint Leaves (we used Chocolate Mint grown on site at the resort for an extra layer of flavor)
1 Jigger of Rum (11/2 ounces, Silver – unspiced)

Fill Shaker With Crushed Ice and Add:

4 Oz. Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice (approx. 2 limes)
1 Oz. +/- to taste Simply Syrup (basically cooked sugar water, here’s a recipe for your convenience or substitute Agavé syrup)

Shake vigorously while smiling.

Top with:

2 Oz. Club Soda
1 Fresh Lime Wedge

If you want to get fancy, you could sugar the rim of your glass. Run a piece of fresh lime around the rim of your serving glass to coat it with lime juice. Immediately, dip glass rim in a dish of coarse sugar. Turn glass upright and pour mojito from shaker into glass. Add club soda, lime wedge and a straw. Serve.

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