One of my requirements when we were condo shopping was that our new home have a balcony. I love being able to easily walk out doors, eat dinner outside, or grow fresh herbs to use in our cooking. We currently have a few basil plants, chives, sage, rosemary, and mint. Nathan’s dad gifted us with the mint plant and I have been carefully tending it in the hope that one day we would have enough mint to make Mojitos. Well my friends, that day has come. Our flourishing mint plant had enough leafy greens to make, hands down, the best Mojito I’ve ever tasted (to be fair, I’ve only had had one other).
Normally I prefer Margaritas over Mojitos but these ginger-lime Mojitos challenged that. They were tart and refreshing with a bite of mint and a little effervescence from the club soda. They were so good that we had them Friday with salads topped with Cuban shrimp and again on Saturday with a Thai chicken curry. The cocktail lended itself equally well to both cuisines and we already have plans to make them a few more times before the summer is over…they’re the perfect hot weather drink!
Ginger-Lime Mojito (For 1)
10 leaves of mint
2 large leaves of basil
2 shots white rum
1 lime, divided
1 Tbs. Ginger Simple Syrup (recipe follows)
Splash of Club Soda
Place ½ the lime cut into slices, mint, and basil in a cocktail shaker and muddle well. Add ginger simple syrup, the juice from the other ½ of the lime, and rum and shake well. Pour over ice and add a splash of club soda.
Ginger Simple Syrup:
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1 (2-inch) piece ginger, thickly sliced
Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and cook until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from the heat and cool. Once cool, strain out the ginger.