Of course, the non-alcoholic version won’t be a anything similar to a mojito and you can call it anything you like. Like minted iced tea. It’s really very good.
But if you feel a little naughty and you want to take that extra step to turn your iced tea into a mojito-like drink, go ahead and pour in a little (or more than a little) rum.
I started out with just a quarter of a lemon but the drink tasted wrong and I added the juice from another quater lemon so, in the ingredients list, I just placed “1/2 lemon”.
- 1 generous pinch loose leaf tea I used jasmine green tea; substitute your preference
- 2 tablespoons simple syrup
- ¼ lime or lemon cut in two
- 8 mint leaves
- 1 big splash rum
- Place the tea leaves in a cup.
- Pour in half a cup of hot water.
- Let steep for two minutes.
- Throw out the water.
- Pour another half cup of hot water into the cup of tea.
- Leave to steep for at least five minutes (the longer the tea steeps, the more bitter the tea).
- Strain the tea and cool.
- Place the lime or lemon and mint leaves in a glass and muddle.
- Drop about four ice cubes into the glass.
- Pour in the tea and the simple syrup.
- Stir. That’s a very, very good iced tea you have there already.
- Pour in rum and stir.