If you’ve seen any of my updates recently about our garden, you may have noticed that we have a lot of mint growing in a small area. We have to harvest it often to keep it under control, and when we do, we often make mojitos.
Last week, we participated in our local co-op called Bountiful Baskets and were given a few large, beautiful, ripe oranges that we didn’t have plans for. So between the mint and oranges, we decided to make Orange Mojitos.
In the past, we’ve made Strawberry Mojitos (one of my favorite drinks), and Justin will often make a regular mojito, so why not an Orange Mojito? We like mojitos because they are very refreshing and when it’s ridiculously hot for most of the year they are a welcome reprieve.
Since I don’t care for orange flavor much, this was made by the glass rather than in a pitcher like our previous drinks. It can easily be adjusted to make the amount that you need if you are preparing for more than one person.
The wonderful thing about making individual servings of drinks is the ability to adjust to each person’s unique tastes. For example, I like my drinks sweeter, so I put in more sugar. Justin enjoys the lime taste, so he increases the lime and decreases the sugar.
Also, depending on the type of glass you use, you could also rim the glass with sugar for a sweeter drink or a fancier display. Since Justin was the one drinking this and he doesn’t like sugar, he used one of our beer mugs so wouldn’t have been able to do a good sugar-rim anyway.
The recipe calls for 7-Up specifically because, in our taste-tests, it has the best flavor for making mojitos. I’ve tried store-brand lemon-lime soda, and it just doesn’t taste quite the same to me. If you can’t find 7-Up, though, it’s the next best thing you can get.
Step by Step
First, decide if you are making a single-serving or a pitcher of mojitos and grab a container accordingly. I am going to write this up based on a single-serving
Start by pulling the leaves off of the sprigs of mint and muddling those in the bottom of the glass. If you have a muddler, that will work best, but you can also use the back of a spoon.
Then cut the lime and orange into quarters and squeeze the juice into the glass before putting the entire wedges in and muddling those with the mint.
Pour in the rum. Since rum is the only alcohol and doesn’t make up a lot of the drink, you can omit if you want a non-alcoholic version or add more if you want a stronger drink. You could use any rum you like, but for reference, we use either Castillo Gold Rum or Bacardi Silver Rum.
Add the sugar and stir it up until it partially dissolves and is mixed into the citrus juices. Since you don’t want to make the 7-Up fizz too much, make sure you stir everything really well now.
Fill the serving glass with ice then top with 7-Up until the glass is full. If the soda is already cold, then you could put in less ice. Then gently stir everything without agitating the 7-Up too much.
If you’re feeling fancy, garnish with a wedge of lime and orange and a sprig of mint leaves.
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- 2 sprigs mint leaves
- 1 lime
- 1 orange
- 2 oz rum
- 1 tsp sugar
- 8 oz 7-Up
- Pull the leaves off of the mint sprigs and muddle them in a serving glass
- Cut the lime and orange into wedges and squeeze the juice into the glass then muddle the wedges with the mint leaves
- Add the rum and sugar, stirring until the sugar partially dissolves in the liquid
- Fill the glass with ice then top with 7-Up
- Stir gently so the soda doesn’t fizz