Everyone has a signature cocktail for those hot summer days in the backyard. in my case, it’s the classic Mojito. While I am partial to mint, I love the cold freshness and tart flavor of this drink. It’s also a perfectly light beverage to quench summer thirst and share with company.
Last weekend was particularly hot and we also had an abundance of fresh mint that we picked, to my surprise, from the edges of the driveway. I’ve since learned that mint is actually a “weed” and grows literally everywhere, which was great news to me, my black thumb, and my preference to refreshing drinks.
These drinks were easy to make and just what we needed to spice up our summer afternoon.
- 6-7 fresh picked mint leaves
- 1 tsp simple sugar
- 1 oz lime juice (fresh or bottled)
- 1.5 oz white rum
- Seltzer or club soda to taste
Begin by placing the simple syrup and mint leaves in the bottom of the glass. Muddle to release the mint oils – the liquid of the simple syrup with aid in the emulsification. Once the mint leaves are crushed and fragrant, add the rum and lime juice. Add ice and stir briskly. Top with cold seltzer for a sparkly pop and fresh taste.
Best enjoyed with friends, the dog in the backyard, or just as an after work treat0