T.L.A.R. Mojito

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Our friend Tony loves to fly. And once he lands he mixes a fabulous mojito. He claims the secret comes from an old flying term known as T.L.A.R. which translates to “That Looks About Right.” I can’t speak for air safety, but I can say that his cocktail approach makes for an excellent mojito.


For the Simple Syrup

  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 3-5 mint leaves
  • Zest of one lime

For the Mojito

  • 1.5 oz white rum
  • 1 oz simple syrup (from above)
  • 1 oz lime fresh juice
  • 1 oz soda water
  • ice


  • Sauce pan
  • Strainer
  • Cocktail shaker
  • Muddler


  1. Add a few mint leaves to the rum and let steep. (You may want to steep the rum in a separate container so that you have fresh rum for other cocktails)
  2. Add sugar, zest, water and 3-5 mint leaves to sauce pan and simmer for 15-30 minutes. This allows the simple syrup to absorb the lime and mint flavor.
  3. Let cool.
  4. Stain syrup into a new container.
  5. In a cocktail shaker muddle 8-10 mint leaves.
  6. Add rum, simple syrup, lime, soda water and ice.
  7. Cover and shake well.
  8. Taste, adjust, taste again.
  9. When ready loudly announce “That looks about right”
  10. Strain and serve.

What you should know

This is an easy cocktail to make in party size proportions. Simply multiply the proportions by 3X or 4X and mix the ingredients in a large pitcher. Instead of shaking stir well with a large spoon.

Also note that most restaurants serve the mojito on the rocks. I prefer to serve mojitos chilled but neat. The ice only seems to get in the way.

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I made this drink this past weekend for our guests. By the time I tasted, adjusted and tasted again I had consumed the whole drink. It took me three tries to get it right!

I like this TLAR approach to cocktail making. Keep on flying.

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Amazing mojito. This recipe requires a little extra advance effort, but it is so worth it. The payoff is a monty mojito with real depth of flavor.

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I’ve been making mojtos for years to great compliment. But I never thought to steep the rum in mint or to steep the simple syrup with both the mint and the lime zest. Thanks for the suggestion and making my mojitos even better.


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This mojito recipe was a huge hit at our garden party. It is now my husband’s favorite. Mine too. I have extra syrup leftover in the fridge. Do you have a virgin mojito recipe for the kids? I think they would enjoy it.


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Also, how long can you leave the mint steeping in the rum? I threw the leaves in to the bottle and now I can’t get them out. The bottle is half empty. Thanks

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As for the steeping the rum in mint? I actually don’t know the answer as the rum has never lasted that long in my house. But I wouldn’t do it for too long as the rum may pick up a bitter taste. The best solution to you problem would be to pour your leftover rum through a sieve and into a jar. Cover and save for your next party.

Or simply make more mojitos before the week is out.

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Virgin mojoto? Easy. Simply replace the 1.5oz of rum with an extra 1.5 oz of bubbly water.

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Thank you for this virgin mojito recipe. Our kids loved it and it really hit the spot when the heat got really hot.

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What rum do you recommend for making mojitos?