The mojito is a cocktail that usually does not have too high of an ABV, but I cannot say the same for this popsicle! You can easily make this popsicle “virgin” by using ginger ale instead of rum, or by cooking off more of the alcohol in the rum. It is totally up to you, but either way it makes a wonderful summer treat!
As for the mint, traditionally spearmint or yerba buena is used. To be honest, I just went to the grocery store and bought whatever mint they had available! Also, because these freeze clear, we wanted to decorate them somehow, so we cut off bits of lime rind and arranged them in the molds. Next time, I am going to add some lime zest so that it has a greater impact on the flavor! Also, hopefully the rind will not separate from the juice as the popsicle melts!
This is a really easy popsicle recipe and doesn’t require many ingredients. However, if you are interested in being fancy you can use a muddler or large mortar & pestle to gently push out some of the mint flavor in the simple syrup/lime juice combo.
For anyone who has not read my explanation of how we did the molds and our difficulties in finding popsicle molds, you can find it here.
Homemade Mojito Popsicles
mint leaves, about a handful (~25 leaves)
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup water
2 cups white rum
1/2 cup fresh lime juice (I used four limes for this)
1 1/2 cups sparkling water or club soda
First, make a mint-infused simple syrup. In a pot, combine the sugar and water over medium-high heat. Rinse the mint leaves and add them to this mixture. Bring the liquid to a rolling boil and stir continually until the sugar has dissolved completely. Then, lower the heat and let the mixture simmer for 5 minutes.
At this point, if you’re being fancy, you can gently grind the mint leaves into the mixture to release additional flavor. Be careful, though, because you do not want the leaves to rip apart and get mixed into your syrup.
Next, prepare the rum by pouring it into a pot and letting it boil over medium heat for about 2 minutes.
Juice the limes, and zest them as well if you want more lime flavor! Using a strainer to catch the mint leaves, pour the simple syrup into the rum pot. Add in the lime juice and the club soda. Mix everything together and pour it all into your popsicle molds (or cups).
You can arrange additional pieces of lime to add a pop of color, if you like, but they will certainly still be delicious without this addition! Freeze them for about 24 hours and then run some warm water over the mold or container to release them!
Enjoy being everyone’s favorite party hostess!