With the weather getting warmer we decided that it would be a good time to start putting the summer cocktails to the test. Whilst a traditional mojito hails from Cuba, we thought we would try out a mojito with a summer fruit that is a British favourite, the strawberry. I am not sure what Ernest Hemingway would make of this (a classic mojito was rumoured to be his favourite drink), I can only assume he would approve.
For this week’s cocktail, You will need;
- The juice from one lime
- 2 teaspoons of sugar syrup
- 1/2 lime cut into quarters (the other half for garnish)
- 6 strawberries (one for garnish)
- Mint (plus a sprig for garnish)
- 1 measure of rum
- Soda water
The basics of this Strawberry Mojito is the same as a classic mojito, with a few strawberries thrown in during the muddling stage. To start, you will need to mix the half lime, strawberries, mint and 2 teaspoons of sugar syrup. Using a muddle, apply pressure to all the ingredients to mix them together. You should be able to remove the lime juice and pulp, along with turning the strawberries into a mush. If you don’t have a muddle, would can use the back of a spoon.
In a glass put some ice, add in a measure of white rum, the juice from a lime and pour in some of the muddled juice. We used a sieve to remove the bits from the juice. Fill the rest of the glass with soda water and garnish with the remaining lime, strawberry and mint.
You are now ready to sit back and enjoy the Cocktail of the Week. You just need to pretend that you are enjoying the warm evening sunshine, sat on the beach in Havana, sipping a refreshing citrus flavoured Strawberry Mojito. Not the easiest of things to do whilst sat in a Surrey garden on an average spring day, but worth a go!