5 mint leaves
2 oz white rum
4 oz cranberry hard cider
1 oz lime juice (about ½ lime)
3 oz club soda (lemon-lime seltzer)
2 tbs "simple syrup" (if you want it sweeter)
Fresh cranberries, apple slice, mint leaves, for garnish (optional)
HOW TO MAKE A CRANBERRY APPLE MOJITO
To make individual mojitos by the glass:
Muddle: Add mint leaves and rum to a glass. Use a muddler to press and twist the mint leaves a few times to release their juices.
Add lots of ice: Fill the glass with ice all the way to the top.
Stir it all together: Add the cranberry hard cider, lime juice, and club soda and quickly stir to mix.
Garnish: Pop in a few whole fresh cranberries, apple slices, and some more mint to garnish.
To make a batch of mojitos in advance:
Scale it up: Multiply the recipe by the number of glasses you want to serve. Add that amount of mint and rum to a large mixing glass and muddle.
Mix the juices: Add cranberry hard cider, and lime juice to the mixing glass. Stir it together and set aside in the fridge until you’re ready to make the cocktails.
When you’re ready to serve: Fill each glass full with ice and pour the pre-mixed cocktail to fill the glass about 3/4 full.
Top up: Top off each glass with club soda until full. You want to leave this until just before serving so that the cocktail stays bubbly.
Garnish: Top with fresh cranberries, apple slices, and mint.
HOW TO SERVE YOUR CRANBERRY APPLE MOJITOS
Mojitos are typically served in high ball glasses. These are tall, narrow glasses that hold about 10-15oz of fluid and a double shot of liquor, including ice piled up high.