Virgin Mojito

Virgin Mojito

Virgin Mojito, my go-to order from the drinks menu! Traditionally, a Mojito is an alcohol-based Cuban drink. However, when it is prepared sans any alcohol, it is called a Virgin Mojito or a Nojito.
Extremely simple in preparation with easily available ingredients, this drink comfortably slides into the essential items at a dinner table! The key method here is muddling, that is to gently mix up and muddle the mint leaves to release its oils. This is the core ingredient of a good Mojito. The mint leaves should be muddled as is, without any shredding or breakage to avoid any bitter aftertaste.
So without further ado, try making this recipe for an exotic, summery afternoon!

Serves 4
500ml soda water
10 tbsp sugar
2 cups water
10 sprigs of mint leaves
Juice of 2 lemons
1 lemon, sliced into wedges
10 ice cubes, crushed

Step 1: Heat the water in a pan and add the sugar. Stir on low heat till the sugar dissolves completely. Remove from flame and set this sugar syrup aside.
Step 2: Break the mint leaves from the stems. Do not shred or chop them. Place few mint leaves, 2 tbsp sugar syrup from Step 1 and juice of half a lemon in each tall glass.
Step 3: Using a wooden spoon or spatula, gently muddle the mint leaves. Smell the mixture after 5 minutes, to check whether the mint leaves have released the aroma of its oil.
Step 4: Now add 3-4 crushed ice into each glass and fill it with soda water. Check and adjust the sweetness. Decorate with lemon wedges and enjoy!


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