Let’s give everyone’s favorite classic Cuban cocktail a kick with this ginger mojito! Made with a fresh ginger simple syrup, this mojito perfectly blends that a touch of spice with bright mint and lime for one refreshing yet complex rum cocktail. Plus, you can serve it as a single drink or easily make a big pitcher for your backyard summer parties. This is one mojito you’ll want to sip on all season long.
1cupfresh gingerpeeled and chopped into 1-inch pieces
1limecut into wedges
1ounceginger simple syrup
8-10fresh mint leaves
4ounceschilled club soda
Fresh mint sprigfor garnish
Ginger Simple Syrup
In a small saucepan, add the water, sugar and ginger. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally to dissolve the sugar.
Once it boils an the sugar dissolves, turn off the heat and allow to steep for at least 15 minutes.
Pour the entire contents of the saucepan into a blender. Blend until smooth.
In the sink, place a bowl under a fine-mesh sieve. Pour the contents of the blender into the sieve and allow the liquid to strain from the solids. The liquid is your ginger simple syrup. Allow to cool and then store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Shake before using.
Add the lime wedges and ginger simple syrup to a highball glass with a sturdy bottom. Muddle until the lime breaks down. Add the fresh mint leaves and lightly muddle a few times.
Pour in the white rum and add a handful of ice. Stir to chill and combine.
Top with chilled club soda and gently stir to combine. Place the fresh mint sprig in the palm of your hand. Quickly clap over it to release its fragrance and garnish. Enjoy!
Pitcher recipe: For an eight-serving pitcher, muddle eight limes cut into wedges and 1 cup ginger simple syrup directly in the pitcher. Add eight to 10 full mint sprigs and lightly muddle. Stir in 2 cups white rum. At this point, you can refrigerate for a few hours. Right before serving, pour in 4 cups chilled club soda and stir.