classic cocktails: mojito

classic cocktails: mojitoBefore my girlfriend made me mojitos this summer I was a total nonbeliever in the deliciousness of the mojito. While at the cottage in July she offered to make us a couple mojitos as we happened to have all the ingredients on hand. I was all “No thanks, I hate mojitos” and she was all “No way! No one hates mojitos! You just haven’t had a good one yet”. I assumed she was biased by her love for anything with mint (see green sangria which she loved, and I tolerated). However, it turned out to be true. The only mojito I had ever had were the ones you get at tropical destinations where they are just straight up rum with a sprig of mint in them. Quality mixing made all the difference!

The only way we strayed from the classic recipe was by replacing white rum with some amber rum. Amber and spiced rum have a much smoother and sweeter taste, I don’t know why you would ever use white rum if you had a choice.

mojito

  • Servings: individual
  • Time: 7mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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classic cocktails: mojitoThe only way we strayed from the classic recipe was by replacing white rum with some amber rum. Amber and spiced rum have a much smoother and sweeter taste, I don’t know why you would ever use white rum if you had a choice.

Enjoy!

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. rum (white or amber)
  • 2 tsp. white sugar
  • 10 sprigs of mint
  • 1 lime
  • club soda to top

Directions:

  1. In any vessel of your choosing (though not too large) add 2 tsp. white sugar, 10 mint leaves and juice of half of the lime, and muddle using a muddler or wooden spoon
  2. Add 2 oz. of rum and stir vigorously
  3. Cut the remaining half lime into quarters and add to glass, top with ice cube and club soda
  4. Enjoy!

green sangria

We were back at the cottage again last weekend. Man I love it there! Every time we go I don’t want to come home. After 5 weeks of being away from home though I have to admit it was definitely nice to be back. This past Sunday at the cottage I took a chance on a sangria that even had a vegetable in it! (Cucumbers are a vegetable right? That whole ‘seeds on the inside thing’ always screws me up).

green sangria ingredients

I got the recipe inspiration from Better Homes and Gardens Cucumber Sangria. The original recipe seemed like overkill on the fruit and veg to me so I halved the quantities they called for and there was still plenty.

green sangria in a pitcher

I think this week’s sangria might have been the most pleasing to the eye, all the shades of green looked so crisp and refreshing in the pitcher and in the glass. A girlfriend and I sat in the sun on the porch shared the pitcher and both really enjoyed it. She loves mint and cucumber in drinks so this was a big hit with her. Personally I found the lime and mint a bit over powering by the second glass, but I cut it with a little extra wine and soda and it was perfect.

green sangria

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Time: 2hr 15mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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green sangria

Ingredients:

  • half a honeydew melon, thinly sliced
  • half a seedless cucumber, thinly sliced
  • half a lime, thinly sliced
  • juice of half a lime
  • 8 fresh mint leaves
  • 2 tbsp. of honey
  • 1 bottle of semi-dry white wine, chilled
  • 1 litre of carbonated water or club soda, chilled

Directions:

  1. Add lime juice and honey to a pitcher and stir.
  2. Add the remainder of the ingredients except the carbonated water/soda and stir.
  3. Refrigerate 2 hours.
  4. Add carbonated water/soda and stir.
  5. Pour into glasses being sure to add a bit of each type of fruit into each glass
  6. Enjoy!

prosecco sangria

Eek! I better get this recipe out before Sangria Sunday is over! This Summer of Sangria/Sangria Sundays thing is quickly becoming my favourite tradition. And I have to say I’m pretty happy with my photography work this week :)

prosecco sangria

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Time: 1hr 30mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Prosecco Sangria

Ingredients:

  • 1 bottle of Prosecco
  • 1 cup of sparkling grape juice
  • 1/4 cup orange liqueur
  • 1/2 cup sliced fresh strawberries
  • 8 mint leaves

Directions:

  1. Place mint leaves in a pitcher and press leaves slightly to release flavour
  2. Add sliced strawberries, sparkling grape juice, and orange liqueur
  3. Place in the fridge for one hour
  4. Serve by filling a white wine glass halfway with ice then fill half way with sangria mixture being sure to get mint leaves and strawberries in each glass and top with prosecco. Stir gently.
  5. Enjoy!
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