Today marks week six of my Summer Happy Hour series, an eight week series of drink recipes using fresh fruits. Today I’d like to share with you a classic drink recipe. A longtime summer favorite with a berry twist, my Raspberry Mojito. This drink has a crisp and refreshing citrus flavor, with a hint of sweetness and mint flavor. The best part is that you don’t even need fancy tools to make this drink – it is mixed directly in the glass!
- Mint leaves
- Simple Syrup
- Club Soda
If you don’t have a mint plant handy (fresh mint is amazing and easy to grow!) your grocery store should carry small containers of fresh herbs in the produce section.
A traditional mojito calls for granulated sugar instead of simple syrup. Sugar doesn’t like to dissolve fully into cold drinks, so I always keep some simple syrup handy! When you’re not making mojitos, it makes a great coffee sweetener too.
To make simple syrup, simply heat equal parts water and sugar and stir until sugar is completely dissolved. You can do this on the stove top, but I have cheated and made simple syrup in the microwave as well.
- 10 mint leaves
- 4 teaspoons simple syrup
- 12 raspberries
- 1 lime
- 4 ounces rum
- 8 ounces club soda
In two highball glasses, add five mint leaves and 2 teaspoons of simple syrup to each glass. Using a muddler or the opposite end of a wooden spoon, gently press down on the mint leaves and twist a few times. Take care not to shred the mint leaves, you're just pressing enough to release juices and flavor.
Add 6 raspberries to each glass and lightly muddle the berries.
Add the juice of half a lime to each glass (using one whole lime between two glasses), then add the rum.
Fill each glass with ice, then top with club soda. Serve and enjoy.