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Tequila Mojitos with Agave Nectar

Fragrant mint, Mexican limones, a bit of agave sweetener, and a shot of tequila, all finished with sparkling water–that would be these flavor-bursting tequila mojitos.  Let’s raise a glass to health and friendship–cheers! 

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Traditional Cuban mojitos are made with white rum. However, the preferred spirit in our cocktail cabinet is 100% agave tequila, so we change it up. For tequila mojitos, mash fresh mint leaves and just-squeezed lime juice with agave nectar, strain into a tall ice-filled glass, float tequila and sparkling water on top, and garnish with a slice of lime. Ta-da–tequila mojitos!

For a refreshing “mocktail”, simply leave out the tequila. Mint, lime juice, a little sweetener and a splash of bubbly water hits the spot.

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Tequila Mojitos details, tips and tricks:

  • To crush the leaves and release mint flavor, bartenders use a flat-bottomed muddler, (Affiliate) tall and narrow enough to mash fruits or herbs in a “highball” glass. (Affiliate.) If you don’t have one of those muddlers, do what I do, mash the mint, agave and lime juice with a mortar and pestle (Affiliate)—it works well. (If you’ve used your mortar and pestle to puree garlic and basil pesto, it might not be the right tool. Unless you like garlic with your mojito.)
  • I think those spent leaves at the bottom of a mojito are yucky. So after crushing the mint with the agave and lime, when the mint is good and mashed, I strain out the juice, pressing the leaves for maximum minty flavor. Save a leaf or two to float in the glass.

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  • I use a hand lime squeezer, like this one. (Affiliate) (In the open squeezer cup, place the cut side of the lime down, which might be the opposite of what you think.)
  • Be sure your tequila says 100% agave on the bottle. You can choose blanco (silver) tequila that hasn’t been aged, or reposado, which has spent at least 2 months in wooden barrels. (Jose Cuervo Gold is only 51% agave, with corn syrup and grain alcohol making up the rest.)
  • Agave syrup (Affiliate.) is my first choice of sweetener, but you can also use organic cane sugar if that’s what you have.
  • I use La Croix (Affiliate.) natural lime flavored sparkling water to top off these tequila mojitos. Any “carbonated” water is fine, even club soda.

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  • Prep ahead: Multiply all the ingredients by 8. (It’s easier if you muddle only a portion of the lime juice with the mint–after straining out the mint, add the rest of the lime juice.)
  • For each drink, measure ¼ cup of the minted juice and ¼ cup (2 ounces) of tequila into iced glasses. Top off with the sparkling water.

You might also like this recipe for crimson Hibiscus Margaritas. Or this refreshing Lemon Basil Lemonade mocktail.

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  • Maura

    Yummy. Wish I was there! Reply · 21 August, 2015

    • Letty

      I wish you were here too! I’ll sip a toast to you…… Reply · 22 August, 2015

  • That looks like the perfect end to an afternoon of heat. Reply · 24 August, 2015

    • Letty

      Yes, these are absolutely delicious. I think mojitos have usurped magaritas–at least when there is mint nearby. Reply · 24 August, 2015

  • I’ve always wonder how Jose Cuervo got away with calling their liquor Tequila. Tequila (like Champagne) is an AOC. Now I have to worry about its ingredients as well. GREG Reply · 24 August, 2015

    • Letty

      One day we’ll share a shot over this topic. In Mexico perhaps. I’d like to visit Jalisco and study. Reply · 24 August, 2015

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