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Posted by on May 22, 2015 in spring, summer | 0 comments

Strawberry Mojitos

Strawberry + Mint Mojitos

I can’t pretend to be a masterful bartender, but it usually doesn’t hurt to befriend someone who is. I recently hosted a birthday party for my dear friend Brooks who fits the “masterful bartender” bill. Mojitos are one of his specialties, and infusing them with strawberries seemed like the perfect seasonal cocktail to celebrate him. We teamed up to make the mojitos “the right way.” I gathered strawberry simple syrup (made from scratch), freshly squeezed lime juice, and mint harvested from my balcony garden. Brooks mixed up delicious cocktails all night long. Below you’ll find his “perfected” recipe that I think hits just the right balance of sweet, sour, fruity, and minty. And I have to second his advice to skip the bottled lime juice because it “just doesn’t cut it.”

Strawberry Mojitos

Yield: 1 serving

Ingredients

  • .75 oz strawberry simple syrup
  • 1 strawberry, hulled + halved
  • 8-10 mint leaves
  • .75 oz fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 1.5 oz rum
  • ice
  • 3 oz club soda

Instructions

  • 1. To a cocktail shaker or thick glass, add simple syrup, strawberry halves, and mint leaves. Muddle thoroughly with a flat-bottomed muddler. For larger batches, pulse in a food processor.
  • 2. To muddled fruit, add lime juice and rum. Cover and shake well.
  • 3. Fill a rocks glass with ice. Strain contents of shaker into glass.
  • 4. Top glass off with club soda. Stir briefly, then garnish with a strawberry, lime slice, or mint sprig (if desired).
  • Notes

    For a large batch of 8 servings (about 1/2 gal without ice), you'll need:
    3/4 c strawberry simple syrup
    8 strawberries, hulled + halved
    1 c mint leaves, loosely packed
    3/4 c freshly squeezed lime juice
    1 1/2 c rum
    ice
    3 c club soda

    Proceed with the instructions above, using a food processor to muddle the fruit and mint.

    You can easily adjust the sweetness to your taste. Typically anywhere from .5 - 1 oz simple syrup (1/2 c - 1 c for large batch) will produce a decent cocktail.

    If you're in a pinch and don't have time to make the strawberry simple syrup, use 1 1/2 Tbsp sugar in place of the syrup and add an extra muddled strawberry or two.

    For an extra minty cocktail, infuse the simple syrup with mint, as described in the recipe.

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