Thursday 19 April 2018


Serves 12

Get your party started by having your drinks ready. Everybody loves a mojito, so try this recipe.

You will need

A large container that can hold 5 litres. A stainless steel pot is always good

3 massive bunches of mint (the more the better)

16 limes, diced

1 bottle (750ml) good white rum

2 litres soda water

12 tbsp sugar with a splash of water

Lots of ice


Begin by melting the sugar with 3 tablespoons of water and let it simmer for ten minutes to form a sugary syrup.

Grab your pot and add in the chopped limes, one third of the mint (leaves only, no stalks) and the sugar syrup, then bash, squash and bruise with the bottom of the rum bottle or a potato masher, to release all the mint and lime oils that give flavour to the cocktail.

Add the bottle of rum and soda water, a few blocks of ice (too much ice will dilute the flavours) and another third of your mint (this time keep the stalks on). Stir it all up.

Get your glasses ready by filling them with ice, a stalk of mint (the final third of mint) and a lime wheel to garnish.

Ladle in the mix to order: Top with lemonade for a sweet tooth, float a little dark rum on top for a traditional finish, or add a few dashes of angostura bitters to enhance the flavour.

Enjoy the party!

Irish Independent

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