Another weekend is just around the corner, and with it comes the possibility of seeing the sun for a couple of days – yippee! It’s been raining like crazy here lately and is supposed to start back up at the beginning of next week, making those two sunny days a total necessity. What better way to spend them than sitting on your deck sipping on one of these delicious Mango Mojitos?!
There is a place here in Louisville that makes the most amazing mojitos ever (hi Havana Rumba!), especially their flavored varieties. I totally love their strawberry mojitos and get one every time we go. They are super fresh and come garnished with a big straw-sized strip of sugar cane – total win! Well a few weeks back, I was craving a mojito. I wanted to make a different type of mojito at home and totally lucked out by finding some tasty mangoes on sale at the grocery store. I took a mango home, pureed it, and used it to make a super scrumptious mango simple syrup.
These drinks are the perfect marriage of some warm weather favorites: fresh mint, limes, and mangoes. They come together beautifully, making them the perfect drink to serve to guests, and take mere minutes to make (bonus if you make the mango simple syrup in advance!).
Also, in case you whip some of these up and manage to have leftover mango simple syrup, I’m pretty it would go perfectly on top of some vanilla ice cream. Just a thought…
Happy (almost) weekend!
- 1 whole mango
- 1 cups sugar
- 1 cups water
- 10 fresh mint leaves
- ½ Lime cut into 3 wedges
- 1½ ounces white rum
- 5 tablespoons mango simple syrup
- Splash Club soda
- Extra mint leaves, lime wedges, and/or mango slices for garnish, if desired
- Peel mango. Cut mango into large chunks and discard seed. Add chunks of mango to the bowl of a mini food processor. Puree mango.
- Transfer mango puree (I got about ¾ cup mango puree from 1 whole mango), sugar, and water to a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir to combine. Bring mixture to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat and let simmer for 1 minute until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat.
- Strain mango simple syrup (*see note) using a fine mesh strainer into a glass storage container. Allow simple syrup to cool completely. Then cover and refrigerate. (You could prepare this several days in advance.)
- This makes enough simple syrup for at least 4 mojitos.
- Muddle mint leaves and 1 lime wedge together in the bottom of a glass, releasing the oils from the mint leaves and juice from the lime wedge.
- Add the other two lime wedges and the mango simple syrup and muddle.
- Add white rum. Stir to combine. Add ice.
- Top with a splash of club soda.
- Garnish with extra mint leaves, lime wedges, and/or mango slices if desired. Enjoy!