The scent of fresh mint permeates this slushy cocktail, and the squeezed lime adds a pucker to the punch of rum that defines the perfect Frozen Mojito. Time to cool down!
Summer days in Louisiana can be notoriously hot; I mean sweltering, suffocating hot. Hot enough to spend half the day in the pool sipping a frozen cocktail or two. On second thought, the heat’s not so bad.
Yes, I’ll use any excuse to drag out my Vitamix and a bottle of my favorite rum. And for Roxanne and me, a frozen mojito is at the top of our list for cooling down. Years ago, we spent time cruising the Florida Keys and discovered our first of many frozen mojitos at a dive bar called Capt. Tony’s. If you’re a Parrothead like me, you’ll recall Jimmy Buffet singing about this joint in “Last Mango In Paris.” That night, the frozen mojitos flowed along with the music.
The essential ingredients in this cocktail are freshly squeezed lime juice, fresh mint leaves, and quality rum. Please don’t cut corners with a store-bought mix; the fresh ingredients are the only way to go.
For me, Bayou Silver Rum is the perfect choice for this cocktail: First, it’s made within an hour of my house, and if you know me, I’m all about supporting Louisiana products. And it’s made with sugarcane harvested in the fields of Acadiana; it doesn’t get any better than that. Distilled in copper pots, rested, and bottled in Lacassine, Louisiana, Bayou Rum is one of a handful of rums made in the United States, thus the trademark America’s Rum. This distillery leads the way in a premium rum movement across the country that is connecting with customers the way craft beer has changed that industry. Bayou Silver is a soft, smooth sipping rum that works perfectly in my recipe.
One taste of this Frozen Mojito will send your taste buds on a journey to the Florida Keys in search of Capt. Tony’s.
- 2 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
- 3 tablespoons simple syrup
- ½ cup fresh mint leaves, tightly packed
- ¼ cup club soda
- 4 ounces white rum, such as Bayou Silver Rum
- 3 cups ice cubes
- 2 sprigs of mint, for garnish
- In the container of a blender, add the lime juice, simple syrup, mint, club soda, and rum. Fill the container with ice and blend on high until the ice is crushed.
- Pour into two tall glasses and garnish each with a sprig of mint.
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Anxious to try Bayou Rum & the drink. Is there something club soda can be replaced with? You lose the carbonation during blending anyhow.
George Graham says
Emily- Try adding water; that should work. All the best.
Richard Rowe says
Your glasses are aces… I would like to know where I can pick up Mojito glasses like those. I’ve been following you out here for a long time, so between you, Susan Ford, Jyl Benson, Justin Wilson and a few others, I’ve had excellent guides through the maze that is Louisiana Cooking. Thank you and all of them.
George Graham says
Richard- I believe I bought the set of 4 glasses at World Market years ago. Look there or online, and you will probably find them.