Jalapeño Mojito Recipe

Jalapeño Mojito Recipe
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Jalapeño Mojito Recipe

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Jalapeño Mojito Recipe

Like slothful shaking, improper muddling ruins more cocktails than bad liquor ever did. To do it right, make sure you have a long muddler so you don’t scrape your knuckles on the rim of the glass, and that it’s not made of lacquered wood (that stuff chips off and gets into your drink). Muddle in a pint glass or shaker cup — something sturdy — on a stable surface. Standing over your cup, press down and twist until all the juice is squeezed out of the fruit and the herbs are bruised but not pulverized. Try this recipe for my Jalapeño Mojito to perfect your muddling skills.

1
Servings
186
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 8-10 mint leaves, plus a sprig for garnish
  • 2-3 slices of jalapeño, plus one for garnish
  • Half a lime, cut into 2 or 3 large wedges
  • ½ ounce simple syrup or cane syrup
  • 2 ounces light rum
  • 1-2 ounces seltzer water

Directions

Put the mint leaves in the flat palm of your hand, and clap your hands together once or twice to release the essential oils. Add the mint to the bottom of a pint glass, followed by the lime, jalapeño, and syrup. Muddle until all the juice is released from the lime, and the mint is bruised, but not pulverized. Add ice to a shaker tin — the bigger the cubes, the better — and shake vigorously for up to thirty seconds, until the tin is frosty. Add cracked ice to a Mason jar or pint glass. Strain the cocktail, and top with an ounce or two of seltzer water. Garnish with a mint sprig, and a slice of jalapeño. You can control the heat by keeping or removing the seeds. Purists use Havana Club 3-year-old rum for their mojitos, but good luck getting past the embargo. If you don’t feel like tracking it down, try Brugal, or for a great value, DonQ white rums.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
19g
27%
Sugar
3g
3%
Saturated Fat
2g
8%
Cholesterol
18mg
6%
Carbohydrate, by difference
5g
4%
Protein
1g
2%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
37µg
41%
Calcium, Ca
7mg
1%
Magnesium, Mg
1mg
0%
Phosphorus, P
15mg
2%
Selenium, Se
2µg
4%
Sodium, Na
475mg
32%
Water
29g
1%

Jalapeño Shopping Tip

How hot is that chile pepper? Fresh peppers get hotter as they age; they will achieve a more reddish hue and sometimes develop streaks in the skin.

Jalapeño Cooking Tip

There are 60 varieties of chile peppers, many of which are used in Mexican cooking. Handle them with care. When handling the spicier kinds, gloves are recommended. Always wash your hands with soap and warm water before touching your eyes.