Today I have another wonderful recipe courtesy of Erin from Big Fat Baker (isn't she awesome?!). This one positively makes my mouth water just looking at it! It's a perfect spring cocktail, and even though it's not quite spring yet (only one more month to go!!) in Australia, it's a good time to sit back and sip a cocktail and pretend that it's spring already! Of course, if you're living in the Northern Hemisphere (like Erin!) then this is perfect for you on your long hot summer afternoons! As you read this I'll be nearing the end of my trip and just arriving in Tallinn to spend a couple of days.
It is summertime in the US and the heat is really kicking in. Cold fruity drinks are the perfect way to cool off.
Grapefruit is a tangy alternative from some of the sweet fruits, and it’s great with mint. Can’t have grapefruit? Try a mix of lemon and lime juice.
This cocktail is beautiful and simple. All you really need is some juice, mint, sugar and rum. If you like bubbles in your drink, or want to make a kid friendly version, try adding a splash of soda water.
Yield: 7 - 8, 10 oz drinks
- 4-5 cups grapefruit juice*
- 1 cup mint simple syrup
- 2 cups white rum
- 1 cup mint leaves, torn
- soda water (optional)
* I used fresh squeezed juice = 3 or 4 large grapefruits
1. Make Mint Syrup - Boil 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar over medium high heat until the sugar is completely dissolved. Cook for 5 minutes then turn the heat off. Mix in 1 cup torn mint leaves and steep for 5 - 10 minutes (it will just continue to get more minty with time). Strain out the mint, reserve the liquid.
2. In a large pitcher combine the grapefruit juice, simple syrup, and rum. Mix well and taste. Adjust as needed with simple syrup or rum. Chill in the fridge for an hour or two.
3. In a large glass combine; a few torn mint leaves, 1/2 cup ice, and about a cup mojito mix. Stir well and top off with soda water if you like yours bubbly.