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How to make wild mint mojitos

Wild mint is a tasty addition to lots of recipes. Lucy McRobert shares her recipe for a wild mint mojito, including an alcoholic-free version.

Mojito cocktail. © a_namenko/Getty

You can add wild mint to teas, cakes or salads, but let’s be checky and try a wild mint mojito. This refreshing cocktail is one of my favourites, originating in Cuba.

A mojito is the perfect way to unwind after a hard week. Pick a sunny evening, enjoy the buzz of the bees, the birds singing, and this refreshing tipple. If you want to make it with children, or don’t drink alcohol – just remove the rum!

Wild mint is usually easy to find or grow in your back garden. Most mints have square stalks with velvety leaves that grow in pairs on opposite sides of the stalk, but of course, always make sure you know exactly what you are foraging before you taste any new plants.

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Ingredients

  • White rum I use a double shot - 50ml
  • Sugar 1 tsp
  • Soda water
  • Handful

Method

  • Step 1

    Muddle the mint, sugar and lime juice together in the bottom of a glass until the minty flavour is released.

    Limes and mint. © ori-ori/Getty
    Limes and mint. © ori-ori/Getty
  • Step 2

    Add ice, pour the rum over everything and stir together.

  • Step 3

    Top up with soda water. Add mint leaves and lime or lemon slices for decoration.

    Mojito cocktail. © a_namenko/Getty
    Mojito cocktail. © a_namenko/Getty

Lucy McRobert is freelance communications and marketing professional, and helped to set up the annual national campaign 30 Days Wild at The Wildlife Trusts. She is a keen birder and cetacean-watcher, and believes that a wild life is a happier, healthier life.

Lucy McRobert

This is a recipe from 365 Days Wild, published by Harper Collins Publishers.

365 Days Wild by Lucy McRobert
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