Nothing says summer like an ice cold, refreshing cocktail. One of our favorites is a mojito, and it happens to be National Mojito Day on Saturday, July 11th. In honor of the minty mixture, here are four mojito variations.
1. Champagne Mojito: (Serves twelve)
• 3/4 cup Sugar
• 3/4 cup Water
• 1 1/2 cups packed Mint Leaves
• 6 Limes, cut into wedges
• 16 oz. Light Rum
• Cracked Ice
• 24 oz. Champagne or Sparkling Wine
Champagne Mojito. (Courtesy Photo)
Create simple syrup by mixing equal parts hot water and sugar until sugar is dissolved. Let cool to room temperature. In a large pitcher, combine the simple syrup with mint leaves and lime wedges. Muddle ingredients with the Rabbit Push Muddler (www.metrokane.com
). Add rum and stir well. Fill a high ball glass with cracked ice and pour in the mixture, filling it about two-thirds full. Top with champagne, garnish with a lime wedge and serve.
2. Diplomático Mojito:
• 2 oz. Rum Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva
• 1 oz. Simple Syrup
• 1 oz. freshly squeezed Lime Juice
• 3 fresh Mint Sprigs
• 1.5 oz. Club Soda, chilled
Place ice in beverage shaker then add in Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva, broken up mint sprigs, lime juice and simple syrup. Shake well and serve over ice in a high ball glass. Top off each glass with a splash of club soda.
3. Mojito Italiano: (Created by Arturo Sighinolfi)
• 1/2 oz. Campari
• 1 1/2 oz. Appleton Estate Reserve Blend
• 3/4 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
• 3/4 oz. Simple Syrup
• 1 oz. Prosecco
• 3 Mint Sprigs
Muddle mint, syrup and lemon juice. Add Campari and rum, shake and pour. Top with Prosecco and garnish with mint sprig.
Diplomático Mojito. (Courtesy Photo)
4. Cruzan Mojito:
• 1 part Cruzan Peach Rum
• 1 part Cruzan Estate Diamond Light Rum
• 1 dash Lavender Bitters
• 1/2 part fresh Lime Juice
• 1/2 part Honey Syrup
Lightly muddle mint with honey syrup and lime in a pint glass. Add rums, bitters and ice. Lightly shake. Top with soda water and a bouquet of mint for garnish.
Nicole is the Editor-in-Chief of Hamptons.com where she focuses on lifestyle, nightlife, and mixology. She grew up in the Hamptons and currently resides in Water Mill. www.hamptons.com