Happy Memorial Day / day off / long weekend! Whoop!
Tell me you have 5 minutes to spare today, right? Take those 5 minutes and make yourself this:
Consider it an order if it makes you feel better. ;)
I have to confess that I've become sort of enamored with cocktail-making ever since I made Quinn's incredible Half Windsor. I've literally spent years thinking of various kinds of breads/cookies/muffins/scones/etc. that I can make for the blog, but creating cocktails is an entirely new field that I'm barely branching into and totally loving for all its possibilities. Once I accumulated a ton of fresh mint from my new herb garden(!!!), mojitos were high on my list of drinks to experiment with, so I was quick to grab a new cocktail shaker and jigger from OXO and get mixing (because I like to jump into things with abandon like that). I'll officially announce now that I'm no bartender or cocktail expert, BUT, I have made this drink *many* times already and it's always a big hit.
The strawberries add all kinds of sweet fruitiness and bold, gorgeous color to this summer cocktail, and the lime and mint mingle in the background keeping it bright and fresh. The splash of club soda (because that's really all you need) adds just a bit of bubblyness and takes the edge off the rum, while still letting its flavor shine through. Flavored mojitos aren't always my thing, but when you're working with fresh fruit, like oranges in mimosa mojitos or berries in this strawberry mojito, you can really take your drinks to the next level. I hope you'll all take a moment to enjoy this one, It's especially perfect for Memorial Day, the 4th of July, or any summer day!
The classic mojito gets a fruity spin with the addition of fresh strawberry juice, creating a cocktail with a vibrant flavor and color. It's the perfect drink for barbecues and lazy summer evenings.
- Yield: 1 mojito 1x
- approx. 12 fresh mint leaves
- 1 ounce fresh lime juice
- dash of coarse or raw sugar
- 4 strawberries, rinsed and hulled
- ½ ounce agave nectar
- 2 ounces white rum
- club soda
- Combine mint and lime juice in a cocktail shaker. Sprinkle coarse/raw sugar on top and muddle briefly to release mint oils.
- In a separate glass, muddle the strawberries well. Strain juices through a fine mesh sieve into the cocktail shaker, pressing as much of the juice through the sieve as possible.
- Add agave and rum to shaker and shake well.
- Fill a highball glass with ice and pour cocktail over ice. Top off with club soda (to taste). Stir lightly if needed and enjoy!
Disclosure: I received complimentary strawberries and tools from Driscoll's Berries and OXO, respectively, for this campaign. This post contains affiliate links. All writing and opinions are 100% mine, as always. Thank you for supporting the sponsors who make this blog possible!