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)
Directions: 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:
Directions: 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)
Directions: Muddle mint, syrup and lemon juice. Add Campari and rum, shake and pour. Top with Prosecco and garnish with mint sprig.
4. Cruzan Mojito:
Directions: 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.