Mojitos for a (Small) Crowd
Posted on Wednesday, September 4th, 2013
I’m happy to make cocktails for a small crowd, whether for friends gathering for a potluck, or recently for a private party where I was the entertainment. Mojitos work for this simple bartending style, and are appreciated by most. I do a head count and some simple math. Here’s my Mojito Basic Recipe:
Mojito Basic Recipe
- 2 ounces rum (aged, if possible)
- 1/2 ounce Minty Simple Syrup (recipe is below)
- 1/4 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
Multiply amounts by the number of guests. 20 guests = 40 ounces of rum, 10 ounces of Minty Simple Syrup, 5 ounces of lime juice. These three ingredients can be mixed together and taken to your event in a large container. Add a sliced lime and a generous amount of mint sprigs to your container. When it is time to serve, place some fresh mint in each glass. If you want to get fancy, add some fresh berries or fruit to each. Blackberries have been a favorite, and complement mint beautifully. Do a quick muddle in each glass. Divide your rum mixture up between the glasses, add some club soda and ice cubes. This method results in every cocktail having the same proportion of ingredients, and customized attention. The ice doesn’t start diluting the cocktail until you are ready to present each drink. You can assemble your drinks ahead of time, and add the club soda and ice easily when you are ready to serve.
This syrup is heavenly, and delivers even more minty zip to your mojitos.
Minty Simple Syrup
- 2 cups organic cane sugar
- 2 cups water
- 2 cups fresh mint leaves
Place ingredients in a sauce pan, and bring to a low simmer, stirring frequently. Simmer on low for 10 to 15 minutes. Let cool to room temperature. Strain into a clean jar, and refrigerate.