Tangerine or mandarin mojito

This refreshing mandarin mojito recipe is made with fresh mandarin juice (or tangerine juice), lime juice, sugar cane juice or sugar, mint leaves, sparkling water, and rum. Mojitos are one of my favorite cocktails, well, the same is true for margaritas, caipirinhas, bubbly cocktails, etc. Never mind, I love cocktails.
Mandarins are great for making cocktails (and mocktails), it is a little bit of work to juice them – especially the small ones, but fresh mandarin or tangerine juice is so crisp and refreshing, which makes it perfect to use in a cocktail. The juice can be made ahead of time, but probably no longer than overnight or 6-8 hours so that it’s still very fresh.
Ingredients
  • 2 cups of mandarin or tangerine juice, from about 8-10 mandarins (depending on the size) 
  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice 
  • 1 cup sugar cane juice (guarapo), or ½ cup simple syrup/sugar, adjust to taste 
  • 8 oz of mint leaves 
  • 1 ½ cups of chilled sparkling water or club soda, adjust more or less based on your preference 
  • 1 to ½ cups of rum, adjust to taste 
  • Ice
Garnishes:
  • Mandarin or tangerine slices 
  • Mint leaves 
  • Sugar to decorate rims, optional 
 

Instructions 
  1. You can make the mojitos in individual glasses or in a pitcher. I make them in a pitcher and only add a bit of sparkling water. Then in each glass, I place ice cubes, mint leaves and fruit slices, pour the drink into the glasses and then top it off with some sparkling water. 
  2. Gently muddle or crush the mint leaves with the sugar cane juice (or sugar or simple syrup). 
  3. Add the rum, lime juice, and mandarin juice, mix well and taste. Add sugar or rum if needed – remember than you will still add sparkling water. Add a few ice cubes and some mandarin slices. Then top off with the sparkling water and mix gently. 
  4. As mentioned above, to serve in each individual glass: put ice cube in the glass, then add some fresh mint leaves and mandarin slices, and pour the drink into the glasses. Top off with additional sparkling water or club soda if needed. 
  5. Serve immediately. 
Notes 

Mocktail variation: To make this as a mocktail variation, leave out the rum and replace it with additional sparkling water or sparkling lemonade.

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