I think that one of the secrets to an incredible mojito is brown sugar. One of my friends filled me in on that fantastic tip last summer, and it changed my world. The brown sugar gives it a deeper flavor. I love adding in fresh strawberries, but it's just as good without them. When the hubs turned 30, I made a big bowl of muddled strawberries, mint, and brown sugar, and I put out a bottle of mango run and a liter of Sprite. It was a make your own mojito bar, and it was fabulous. Again, I normally don't measure the ingredients, but I did it for you guys. If your mint plant is exploding like mine (I seriously cannot keep up), try these before the summer is gone!
Strawberry Mango Mojito Recipe
Makes two rocks-size drinks
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Note: Feel free to play around with this. I love mango rum, but you could try a variety of different rums. Make yours as strong or as weak as you prefer (this is on the stronger side). If you like sweeter drinks, use more brown sugar.
1 tablespoon brown sugar
4 medium strawberries, hulled and diced
1/4 cup mint leaves, ripped
4 ounces mango rum
7.5 ounces Sprite
Using a mortar and pestle (or a bowl and spoon), mash together the strawberries, sugar, and mint. Let sit for 5-10 minutes so the strawberries release their juice. Divide this mixture into two rocks glasses. Divide the rum and sprite between the glasses. Stir and add ice.
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