Kelly loooooooves La Duni's mojitos. Loves them. But they are also very expensive and we hardly eat out as it is.
That's why I was determined to learn how to make them. I finally found their original recipe and step-by-step instructions and promptly practiced at home.
The result? Pure La Duni goodness at Hayley prices.
Here's the step-by-step:
Each mojito requires one lime. Make sure you wash it to remove any waxy residue. Roll the lime on a hard surface, applying a little pressure, to get the juices to release some internally.
Slice the lime into 6-8 pieces. Remove the white center pith - it will make your drink bitter. Place all of the pieces in a tall glass. (I'm making two drinks, so you can see I've already done all of the steps for one of the glasses).
Place 6-8 leaves of fresh mint on top of the limes. We really like mint, so I used 10 leaves.
Add 1 tablespoon of sugar.
Take a muddler - or if you're like me and don't own one, use a wooden spoon - and muddle the ingredients. What is muddling? Simply push down firmly and twist the muddler/spoon. Do this until the limes start to release their juices. You only want the mint leaves to be bruised, not torn.
Fill the glass with plenty of ice.
Add 2 tablespoons of rum. (If you don't drink alcohol, skip this step.)
Add 1 tablespoon of sparkling water. (If you omitted alcohol, use 3 tablespoons of sparkling water.)
Stir with a long handled spoon until the sugar is dissolved, "pumping" up and down to make sure everything is mixed together.