Well I have been on hiatus for about a month doing just about everything that you should do in the summer. From swimming to sleeping in, which for me is usually only until around 8:00, to drinking coffee on my screened porch daily, enjoying great wine at night, and just plain lounging, I’ve done it all. I love everything about the summer months. I love the warm air, the flowers blooming, the long days, and fresh foods. Here’s a few of the little beautiful things I’ve been cooking in my time away. The keys here: farm fresh sweet corn, local tomatoes and fresh mozzarella, local asparagus, and all things peach!!
Being a teacher gives me the luxury of enjoying much-needed time with my family and friends because my year is so jam-packed. Summer is just plain fabulous! I wrote about simple summer suppers, but a great addition to those fab foods, is the perfect cocktail. Because of the abundance of fresh herbs I wanted to share the most incredible recipe for one of my all time favorite drinks, the mojito.
Mojito’s are, in my opinion, the perfect summer cocktail. They are fresh, light, sweet, and bright with citrus. I have had many, and often they disappoint, so I went on a quest for the perfect balance and this is the result.
First of all you have to make simple syrup which is just as it says, simple. You combine equal parts of sugar and water. The trick with the mojito of perfection is to take an entire bunch of fresh mint and boil it with the sugar and water. I steep it for about 10 minutes and then let it sit off the heat and cool with the mint still submerged. I typically make about four to six cups at a time so I have plenty. You can store it in your fridge for up to one week. Making mint infused simple syrup is absolutely the key, so follow this tip and you will be amazed at the result!!
Deb’s Perfect Mojito:
- Add a handful of mint leaves into a tall glass, I would say 4-5 is great but it’s all about taste.
- Squeeze in the juice of 1/2 a lime and put the squeezed lime into the glass as well.
- Muddle the mint and lime in the glass until the mint is broken and fragrant
- Add 2 oz of mint infused simple syrup (See above for recipe!)
- Add in 1 and 1/2 oz of white rum
- Stir the rum and mint syrup and taste to make sure your mint to lime ratio is what you like.
- Add club soda to fill the glass. It will be about a 1/2 cup of club soda
- Stir again and garnish with extra lime wedges and mint leaves
Now it’s time to enjoy your perfect summer cocktail! This is better than any restaurant I’ve tried. I hope you love this recipe and as always let me know if you have any questions. Thanks for Dishin with me today and cheers my mojito loving friends!