In case you haven't heard, I'm a mothatrucking hater. I hate fresh mint. I hate rum. So, naturally, I be spittin' haterade all up in the face of mojitos...until now. Slightly inspired by the refreshing drinks I seek out at my local bars ("desert facial" from Ace Hotel and "eden" from Bar), I opted to replace the grody mint with something fresh and enticing...cilantro! I just feel that cilantro is a bit brighter than mint. It works well here.
|cilantro makes all the difference|
gluten free (with gluten free vodka)
¼ cup loosely packed cilantro
1 small lime, quartered
3 tsp sugar
¼ cup white rum½ cup club soda
In a medium tumbler, muddle cilantro, half of the lime, and 2 teaspoons sugar together. Feel free to strain out the cilantro at this point. Add another lime wedge and the last teaspoon of sugar. Muddle everything again. Add ice to the top of the glass. Mix in the rum and top off with club soda. Enjoy!
Of course, if you're a cilantro hater, you can just do all of this with mint. Just...don't tell me. I will never look at you the same for the betrayal. The horror.