Tuesday, May 28, 2013

A New Mojito.

Generally, mojitos are a mix of mint and lime. And, that's a good thing. But while experimenting on a day off, I discovered a blend that might be my favorite to date. I've had mojitos with all kinds of flavors and served by the top bartenders in the country, and this one is the best yet... 


3/4 cup cantaloupe/strawberry mixture*
3 oz white rum (I use always use Bacardi)
8-10 mint leaves, torn into pieces
2 Tbsp agave nectar
Sparkling Water
The juice from one lemon

(these directions seem complicated, but they aren't. I'm just offering lots of info)
*Start by finding super-ripe strawberries (1 qt.) and whole melon (Check out the Produce Place or the Nashville Farmer's Market for the best fruit). Trim rinds/stems, cut into 1/2" pieces. Put into an airtight container or zip-bag along with 1/4 cup of pineapple juice and a splash of fresh orange juice. Shake a bit to coat, and let sit overnight (or up to four days).

 Remove 3/4 cup fruit mix from the container when you're ready to blend cocktails. Put equal parts into the bottoms of two 12oz glasses. Divide the mint leaves and the lemon juice in each glass and muddle well. Add the agave nectar (again, equal parts) and muddle a bit more.  Add rum (divided).Cover the mixture with cubed ice. Top with sparkling water, stir well and garnish with a mint sprig and a strawberry half.

This drink is summer in a glass. And, the leftover fruit isn't just for refills. Use it with light vanilla almond milk, protein powder and ice for a breakfast smoothie. It can even be a topper on frozen yogurt for a light dessert. If you have a sweet tooth, you may want to double the recipe. It's that good! What is your top choice for a summer drink? Would love to know and to have you share on the Southern Sophisticate.

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