Please don’t tell me I am hopping onto the bandwagon of drink/cocktail posts too late for this summer!
I know, summer is winding down in North America, but that means it’s getting started for my Australian friends and in the tropical realms I currently live in summer is a permanent state (please don’t be jealous – or maybe a bit, but don’t hate me, pretty please).
Well, let me tell you how this drink came to be.
My husband and I like to enjoy some coffee or wine on a little patio outside of our bedroom. Usually we watch the sunset or the rice paddies unfolding in front of the property. But on one of these occasions I actually had a closer look at the bush with the pretty flowers growing around the patio.
Can you see it?
Yes, I was just as surprised to realize it is actually a mint bush growing right under our noses. Later I read up that in fact, mint grows into big bushes, if you let it.
I just HAD to make something with them and
I couldn’t think of anything but nothing seemed more obvious than mojitos (please let me know if you have any other mint recipes). Well, mojito mocktails, because we will never (and definitely shouldn’t) finish a whole bottle of rum in the one month we stay here.
I still had to pick up limes and sparkling water from the store. There I saw this kind of passionfruit, which I shall call maracuyas because I don’t know any better, and immediately I knew they belonged to me and my mojito mocktail.
They have a very nice sweet taste with a slight tart flavor. Usually, I just eat the insides with a spoon including seeds, but to get to the juice I squished the seeds through a small sieve. Two maracuyas give just over 1/4 cup of juice (4-5 tbsp).
Of course you can substitute any other fruit or juice, or actually make it a real mojito, but here is what you need for my version.
- 7-10 fresh mint leaves (1 sprig for garnish)
- ½ lime in 4 wedges
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 1 cup ice cubes
- 4-6 tbsp fruit juice (I used juice of 2 maracuyas)
- optional 3 tbsp white rum
- ½ cup sparkling water
- Place mint leaves in a glass together with 1 lime wedge. Muddle (handle of a wooden spoon works for me) mint and lime to release lime juice and mint oil. Add sugar and two more lime wedges and muddle again.
- Fill the glass with ice. Pour fruit juice and optional rum over the ice. Fill the glass with sparkling water (club soda), stir and garnish with remaining lime wedge and mint sprig.
A couple days later I made a papaya mojito version. If you have you can of course use a juicer, but I just grated a piece and again used a sieve to squish the shredded papaya through to get to the juice.
To get the pretty layering effect I didn’t stir until I was ready to drink the mojito and poured the water in over a spoon.
Whats your favorite summer drink? Do you have a cocktail/mocktail that you make yourself?
I also made a strawberry version a few days later.
It was fantastic. For this version quarter a strawberry or two and muddle it together with the sugar and second addition of lime.
Of course I picked out the strawberry chunks later to eat