caramelized lime mojitos
Recipe type: drink
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Serves: 4-6
  • 2 to 3 cups fresh mint, lightly packed + 4-6 small sprigs for garnish
  • ⅛ cup raw sugar + plus a little more for muddling
  • 1 cup simple syrup*
  • ¾ cup rum
  • 6 limes, halved + 1 whole lime
  • seltzer water
  • ice
  1. Wash and dry mint, removing leaves from all except garnishing sprigs.
  2. Dip each lime half into sugar then sear sugared side on non-stick skillet. Lime pulp will brown and rinds will yellow. Watch carefully so melted sugar does not burn.
  3. Juice roasted limes. Reserve spent rinds (for garnish if you desire). I ended up with about 1 cup (200 ml) of juice
  4. Place 10-12 mint leaves into each glass, sprinkle with sugar and muddle to release mint oils. Don't overdo it; too vigorous a muddling can cause the mint to become bitter.
  5. In a separate pitcher, mix simple syrup, rum, lime juice. Pour into each glass with ice, leaving room at the top for a splash of seltzer. Top with a spent lime rind.
* Need to know how to make simple syrup? I've done it frequently, but my raspberry sorbet recipe has complete instructions. NOTE: Prep time is lengthy because of time needed for chilling simple syrup and juice. Also, my limes bleached a little as they cooked, so they look more yellow than green in most of the photos.
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