It’s funny when a fresh bunch of mint becomes an inspiration, or perhaps a reason for a batch of mojitos. If I was pressed to pick only one drink, the choice would be hands down a mojito. The refreshing, rum-based drink that I discovered in Texas has been a favorite of mine ever since.

The usual suspects of mojito are rum, mint, lime juice, simple syrup/cane sugar, and club soda.

For the Muddled (aka muddy-looking) Mango Mojito, I muddled together chunks of mango with sprigs of mint and freshly squeezed lime juice. The muddling releases the natural oils from the mint and the juice from the chunks of mango. For a cleaner look, one can strain this “mess”, but I chose to leave it in the glass.

Next, pour rum and top with ice. I use a shortcut when making mojitos, and my secret weapon is Squirt (diet) – a lemon/lime soda. Squirt provides the sweetness, extra citrus flavor and carbonation all in one pour, and will save you the time it would take to make simple syrup.

You are almost there. Give the drink a swirl with a fresh sprig of mint and enjoy. I promise they taste considerably better than they look.