The tequila mojito cocktail recipe involves the simple addition of tequila to the traditional mojito cocktail recipe, making it a delicious and refreshing choice if you’re looking to try something new.
You can serve it at parties and other events or have it ready at home as your signature drink when friends or family come over.
The recipe is easy to follow and has only nine steps, so once you get started, you’ll have the best-tasting tequila mojito in no time! Read on to learn how to mix up your own Tequila Mojito Recipe in 8 easy steps.
1) The basics
Start with a simple, fresh mojito recipe. The best part about muddling is that you don’t need fancy equipment or ingredients; in fact, you probably already have everything you need to make a great mojito (or other cocktail) at home.
Start with 8 fresh mint leaves and add 1 tablespoon of sugar (more if using an unsweetened base spirit like tequila). Muddle until the sugar has dissolved and your mint leaves are bruised but not pulverized. Next add 2 ounces of white rum or silver tequila.
Add up to 4 ounces of club soda for added fizz, if desired. (Do not over-fill your glass.) And lastly, add ice.
2) The next level – fresh mint
Most of us are familiar with mojitos made with spearmint leaves. They’re milder and have a different flavor than peppermint leaves. If you love peppermint, it is time to take your mojito game up a notch and try making one with fresh mint leaves (peppermint flavor).
Fresh mint is much stronger in flavor than its dried counterpart. Think about adding fresh mint in place of some or all of your spearmint if you want a strong taste that will wake up your palette.
3) Add white rum, lime, and orange liqueur
When making a mojito, add 1⁄4 cup of white rum, 1 tablespoon of lime juice and 2 tablespoons of orange liqueur. Since it is already being mixed with soda, you don’t need any extra sugar added into your cocktail so stay away from anything that adds more sweetness.
A great way to sweeten a cocktail is by using simple syrup. To make simple syrup, mix together equal parts water and sugar (1 teaspoon of each) in a small saucepan over medium heat until completely dissolved.
Let cool before adding it into your drink so that it doesn’t dilute your cocktail further. Simple syrup will last for up to a month in an airtight container stored in your refrigerator.
4) Frost rim with rock salt and cracked pepper
When you’re making a mojito, don’t forget to crush up your lime. The juice is what will flavor your cocktail, so if you want a delicious drink that tastes as good as it looks, be sure not to skip out on crushing up those limes!
Most people will mix their limes into their shaker tin before muddling them, which helps release more of that lime juice—just make sure not to add any sugar or syrup until you’ve muddled everything else. Otherwise, they won’t properly dissolve into your drink.
Crush up a few extra limes and set them aside for garnish; you can use them later in place of actual sugar or syrup in some drinks.
5) Crush lime into glass for extra flavor
Instead of muddling with sugar and lime, crush a few limes directly into each glass. This will add extra lime flavor without any added sugar. Plus, if you’re using salt-rimmed glasses, crushing the limes against them is better than using a muddler.
It helps distribute more of that delicious citrus flavor throughout your cocktail. Muddling with lime rind releases essential oils that give tequila its character.
This is different from mojitos made with rum—which are made with mint leaves rather than lime and have simple syrup instead of lime juice in their recipe—but it’s also not uncommon for bartenders to throw mint into a batch of margaritas for extra flavor and color (particularly when serving them frozen).
6) Ice, ice baby!
In almost any recipe calling for mint, you want your ingredients as cold as possible. Chilling your tequila makes it more palatable, which means more people will be inclined to drink it. Your mint and lime juice also need to be very cold in order for you to achieve that perfect chill balance.
Try freezing a small glass of water with each ingredient; it should take around 30 minutes before they’re completely frozen solid. Then, place them into your blender or cocktail shaker when you’re ready to mix everything together!
7) Top with soda water
Add about 1/2 cup of soda water, stirring gently. A splash of soda water will dilute your cocktail, but it’ll also bring out its flavor. You may need a little less if you don’t like your drinks very bubbly—and in general, less is more when it comes to drinks with citrus juice.
Too much carbonation can overpower other flavors. Finally, add mint leaves and serve! Garnish with additional lime wedges and serve over ice if desired. Enjoy!
8) Garnish with lime wheel and fresh mint sprig
To serve, place a lime wheel in each glass and muddle. Add 1⁄2 cup crushed ice, tequila and mint sprigs. Top with 1⁄2 cup rum and 2 teaspoons simple syrup (see next step). Add more crushed ice to fill glasses halfway.
Top with soda water and stir gently until frost forms on outside of glass, about 20 seconds. Garnish with mint sprigs, then serve immediately.
Note: If you want your mojito extra sweet, add 2 teaspoons simple syrup at Step 3; if you prefer it tangy, leave out or use less sugar or a different type of syrup altogether.
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