The mojito is pure refreshment. I remember my first encounter with the drink, thinking it was too good to be true. Mint, lime, and sparkling water bring a freshness that can’t be beat. When made properly the rum is only slightly noticed, making it a dangerous concoction for afternoons on the patio.
In an effort to brace myself for a long Texas summer, I’ve decided to toy with the mojito a bit. I wanted to keep fairly true to the original (because it works) but just introduce some new flavors. I wrote a quick list including raspberry, cucumber, and watermelon, but settled on apple for the first experiment. The results were wonderful.
The apple flavor is subtle, but evident. I think the key is to reduce the juice. I suppose you could use juice concentrate, but you might have to test it a few times. Alternatively, if you want stronger apple flavor, consider apple flavored rum. Either way, you are sure to enjoy the fresh flavor of this summer sip.
- 3 oz. (90 ml) club soda
- .5 oz. (15 ml) lime juice
- 10 mint leaves muddled with ¼ tspn. sugar
- 2.5 oz. (75 ml) light rum
- 2.5 oz. (75 ml) apple juice reduction
- Make juice reduction by simmering 1.5 cups of apple juice in a small saucepan until it has reduced to ½ cup. Set aside to cool.
- Muddle mint with sugar in the bottom of a double highball glass.
- Add juice reduction, rum and lime juice. Stir. Add ice.
- Add club soda and stir gently. Garnish with apple peel or slice, fresh mint, and a lime wedge.
What’s your favorite summer drink?