Can’t get away for the summer? Take an imaginary holiday with a real beverage in hand – nothing says tropical beaches, smarmy swashbucklers, or muy caliente cabana boys better than a mojito [moe-HEE-toe]. Try our refreshing raspberry version!
8-10 Mint leaves
2 tsp granulated sugar/Lime simple syrup
Muddle mint leaves, raspberries, and a lime wedge with 2 tsp sugar OR 1 part lime simple syrup in a tall glass. Fill the glass with ice. Add 2 parts white rum, top with approximately 4 parts club soda. Stir thoroughly and garnish with a slice of lime and sprig of mint.
LIME SIMPLE SYRUP
Simple syrup is named as such because well, it’s SIMPLE to make. It’s equal parts granulated sugar and boiling water. For example, 1 cup of sugar stirred into 1 cup of boiling water. Lime simple syrup involves one additional ingredient – yep, that’s right, lime zest. If you’re using 1 cup of boiling water, I would use the zest of one lime; if you’re using 2 cups of boiling water, I would use the zest of two limes, etc. Once the sugar is dissolved in the boiling water, add the lime zest and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat, and allow the simple syrup to cool to room temperature before using in cocktails. Strain/pick out the zest. Store in the fridge for up to a week. Handy to have if you’re hosting a party, as lime simple syrup can be used in various cocktails, including mojitos, gimlets, and margaritas! I.O.