Strawberry Mint Mojito – perfectly refreshing and delicious!
Strawberries. Gorgeous, red, ripe, bursting with sweetness. Strawberries. They have been for sale at my local store for several weeks now, and I am faced with the arduous task of finding as many different ways to use them as possible. I made Chicken Cutlets with Strawberry-Avocado Salsa, which was quick, light and perfect for summer. I made a chicken strawberry feta salad that I haven’t posted yet. Still the strawberries keep coming.
Obvious solution. Drink them.
One of my favorite summer cocktails is a mint mojito. My mint bed has been struggling lately. I know … whoever heard of mint struggling. Unfortunately we had a guy come clean our siding and he used about 3,264,129 gallons of bleach! There was a 3 foot dead zone around the house when he finished and my mint bed became a sterile patch. We’ve been trying to add soil to it and get it’s mint ecosystem back, it’s just going to take time.
Strawberries sounded like a mighty fine addition to the mint mojitos. I knew I would not be the genius that came up with this idea, so I googled around and found several variations. I settled on an easy one and went from there. I used the one I found at White on Rice, Strawberry Mint Mojitos, with a few tweaks. Instead of the regular simple syrup I used the Mint Ginger Simple Syrup from the Mint Ginger Spritzer of last week. Technically I could call this Strawberry Mint Ginger Mojito.
Whatever you call it, you will definitely call it delicious.
- 1.5 ounces of simple syrup or Mint Ginger Simple Syrup
- about 3 fresh strawberries
- about 4-5 fresh spearmint sprigs (chopped if you prefer smaller mint pieces in your cocktail)
- soda water
- 1/2 lime
- 2 ounces light rum
- In a chilled 12 ounce glass, muddle the simple syrup, strawberries and mint leaves with muddler or the back of a spoon.
- Squeeze the juice from the lime half into the glass, add the rum and top with soda water.
- Garnish with mint sprigs or strawberries.