I used to think mint had a horrible taste. Consuming anything that resembled toothpaste was not something I found pleasant. Little did I know that different varietals of mint have very contrasting flavors. We now have a handmade garden box that is taken over by mojito mint which is milder and sweeter in flavor than peppermint. Whenever it feels like a good day for a mojito, we take a short stroll out to the garden for the freshest mint you can find in Texas.
In addition to using the right type of mint, the quality of the rum makes a huge difference in how your mojito will end up tasting. Some rums have a harsh bite and can ruin a cocktail, and others can give off a funky sock smell. We absolutely love the Plantation 3 Stars white rum (e.) because it has no bite and has a rounded out sweetness to it that works in any rum based cocktail. If sipping white rum was a thing, I would only consider sipping on this little treasure.
Our favorite modification to a traditional mojito is the addition of Chareau instead of simple syrup. Chareau provides a nice spa-like refreshing quality that we can’t get enough of, and due to its sweet nature, there’s no need for additional sugar. If you don’t have Chareau handy, play around with something that has a perfume-y scent. Small amounts of St Germain, honeysuckle liqueur, or maybe even Luxardo maraschino liquor might be an interesting enhancer.
- 1 oz white rum (Plantation 3 Stars)
- 1 1/2 oz Chareau
- 10 large mint leaves
- 1/2 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
- soda water to top
Combine the lime juice and mint in a shaker tin. Muddle the mint to release the oils. Add the rum and the Chareau. Shake with ice. Pour the contents into a rocks glass and top with soda water.