Oh the irony of posting a recipe for a summer drink after a rainy downpour last night and this morning. I blame the fact I chose to wear shorts to bed instead of my usual scrubs that it rained. I gave in and wore something cool since I’ve been having trouble sleeping in the heat and that’s the night Mother Nature decided to give us more rain.
There are a few summery drinks that I absolutely love with a passion and Mojitos are the simpliest to make out of them all. I’m not a soda water/tonic water person – I don’t like the bitter taste it brings. So to skip the sugar and soda water I add Ginger Ale instead. I try to pretend to myself I’m getting a little bit of the ginger’s natural health benefits in this drink, especially if you use Canada Dry.
I have two types of mint in my backyard – Moroccan Mint and Peppermint Mint, both have distinct flavours and uses. For example in my Tabouleh I prefer to use the Moroccan Mint where as with my strawberries, greek yoghurt, and granola I prefer the taste of the Peppermint. For the mojito I use a combination of both (unfortunately when I took the below photo I had only Moroccan in my hand).
- Several springs of mint
- 1 tbsp lime juice
- Ice cubes
- 1 shot of rum (I like a golden rum)
- Ginger ale
- Optional - ginger slices
- Take the mint leaves of the stalks and place into the glass, throw away the stalks. Pour the lime juice into the glass and muddle the two together. Essentially taking a blunt object (I just use the end of my paring knife) and pound the mint leaves down a bit. This helps the mint release it's juices and mingle and party with the lime juice.
- Add ice cubes to fill the glass ¾ of the way full. Add the shot of rum and then fill the rest of the glass with ginger ale. Stir and serve.
- If you want an extra tang and zing to the mojito add several fresh ginger slices to the drink.