Thursday, 1 October 2009

Cocktail Thursday

One of my all-time favourite drinks is a rum and mint classic that I'm sure you're all familiar with - the mojito! Since you've probably tasted the original, how about giving one of these fruity twists a try?
Strawberry Watermelon Mojito (serves 1)

 {Photo and Recipe from Brides} 
- 1½ oz. Smirnoff Strawberry Vodka
- ½ oz. fresh lime juice
- ½ oz. mint-infused simple syrup
- 1 cup fresh seedless watermelon, cubed and chilled
- 1 bunch fresh mint leaves
- Club soda

To make mint syrup, bring 2 cups of sugar and 1 cup of water to a boil. Once the sugar has dissolved, remove from heat and add 8 to 10 mint leaves. Let cool for 30 minutes. Strain. Combine vodka, lime juice, simple syrup, ½ cup of watermelon and about 10 mint leaves in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake for 10 seconds. Strain into a glass with ice and remaining watermelon. Top with club soda. Garnish with additional mint leaf.

Cherry Mojitos (for a crowd, serves 12)

{Photo and Recipe from Martha Stewart Living}
- 1 1/4 cups sugar
- 1 1/4 cups lime juice (approximately 9 limes)
- 3 lbs dark cherries (such as Bing or Buriat, pitted)
- 2 1/4 cups best quality cherry or plain vodka (or could substitute rum to stay more traditional)
- 750mls sparkling water

Bring sugar and 1 1/4 cups water to a boil in a small saucepan, stirring until sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat; let cool completely. (Makes about 2 cups syrup.) Syrup can be refrigerated in an airtight container up to 1 month.
Put lime juice into a medium nonreactive bowl. Halve 2/3 of the cherries; add all cherries to lime juice. Stir in syrup. Refrigerate at least 1 hour (up to overnight).
Stir cherry mixture and vodka in a large serving bowl. Fill 12 glasses with ice. Spoon 1/2 cup cherry-vodka mixture into each glass. Top with sparkling water; serve immediately.

Not a sweet tooth? Try this cool and refreshing cucumber, basil mojito...

{Photo and Recipe from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette}
Cucumber Basil Mojito (serves 1)
- 4 basil leaves
- 2 teaspoons brown or white sugar (the mojito in the above photo was made from brown sugar)
- 1 1/2 ounces light rum
- 1 cucumber rind, julienned
- 1/4 fresh lime
- soda water

Tear the basil leaves in half and place in bottom of tall glass. Add sugar and 1/2 ounce of the rum. Coil 12 inches' worth of cucumber julienne in bottom of glass. Mash together these ingredients. Squeeze lime and drop in glass. Add remaining rum. Top with soda water.


Jennifer said...

Tasty. I love anything with rum. Although, great classic margarita is still probably my favorite.

Fariha said...

looks delicious! i saved the recipe. i'll let you know how it comes out. thanks for sharing!

Lisa said...

This has made me want to host a cocktail night as soon as I have a flat. I wasn't a fan of the mojito until recently, so I would definitely try these. My favourite's a classic cosmopolitan though!