Culinary SOS: Mucho Ultima Mexicana Restaurant’s fresas mojito

A strawberry mojito from Mucho Ultima Mexicana Restaurant in Manhattan Beach.
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Los Angeles Times

Dear SOS: Mucho Ultima Mexicana Restaurant in Manhattan Beach makes the best strawberry mojito I have ever had. Can you please get the recipe from them so I can make and enjoy it at home? It’s the perfect drink. Thank you.

Diana Lecanda

Sherman Oaks

Dear Diana: Bright and lightly sweet, fresh strawberries are a perfect complement to the classic lime and mint in this mojito. Mucho Ultima changes its mojitos seasonally but was happy to share this recipe with us. Cheers!

Total time: 8 minutes

Servings: Makes 1 cocktail

Note: Adapted from Mucho Ultima Mexicana Restaurant in Manhattan Beach. Simple syrup is equal parts sugar and water heated until the sugar dissolves to form a syrup.

3 to 4 lime wedges, to taste

1 to 2 strawberries, to taste

10 mint leaves

1 ounce simple syrup

1 1/2 ounces light rum, preferably Bacardi Superior

Soda water

In a cocktail shaker, muddle the lime wedges, strawberries, mint leaves and simple syrup. Add the rum and shake with ice. Pour into a glass and top with soda water. Serve immediately.

Each cocktail: 166 calories; 1 gram protein; 18 grams carbohydrates; 2 grams fiber; 0 fat; 0 cholesterol; 14 grams sugar; 8 mg sodium.