Saturday, June 13, 2009

Mojitos Can Also be made into Popsicles or Granita

Limes and mint leaves.

Yesterday was JSB's birthday and she wanted mojito pops, which is why I made some for her today. This is a fairly simple recipe and it is easy to adjust to your taste. For example, I prefer my mojitos more sour so I put less sugar in the recipe. Also, I love rum so I increased the rum ratio. I should warn you, if you put too much rum, the mixture will not set.

The muddled ingredients.

Mojito Pops
adapted from Erin Cooks

Serving size: approx. 3.5 cups

1 1/2 cups of white granulated sugar, reserve 2 TBSP
1/2 cup water
1 lemon, juiced
1/3 cup fresh mint
12 limes, juiced
6 tablespoons of dark rum
2 cups club soda

  1. Pour sugar and 1/2 cup of water in small pot over low heat. Stir until sugar dissolves. Set aside in refrigerator to cool.
  2. Put the 2 TBSPs sugar, mint and lemon juice in a cup and muddle. Pour into a large bowl with the lime juice.
  3. Pour sugar syrup in the bowl with the juice. Add the rum as well. Stir. Strain the mint leaves out.
  4. Pour in the club soda and give a quick stir.
  5. Pour mixture into popsicle molds or into a large container to make granita. If making popsicles, leave sufficient room at the top so when the mixture freezes it won't bubble over and make a mess in your freezer. If making granita, wait 2-3 hours then give the semi-frozen mixture a stir until the liquid bits and frozen portions are evenly distributed. Allow to freeze and stir again.

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