As you may or may not know, I’m an August baby! Another fact for you, I’m a fan of cocktails… to the extent that my hen party revolved around them! I love a good cocktail, there is something fabulous about enjoying a lovely drink in the sunshine. So to help celebrate my birthday month (yes, that is a thing), I thought I’d share one of my favourite cocktails, a Mojito! When made right, there is a nice about of sweet and tartness and overall it’s wonderfully fresh with the mint flavours coming through. Plus you don’t need too many ingredients to make it, so it’s a great one to do at home!
You just need: soda water, white rum, lime, caster sugar, mint and crushed ice. You don’t even really need any fancy equipment, although that does make it more fun. Quick tip, if like me, you don’t have crushed ice, just put the ice in a tea towel and bash it with a rolling pin! Much more efficient than a blender, trust me, I tested both methods out.
Pop the 2 lime wedges and 2 teaspoons of sugar in a large glass, mash them together a bit – a big spoon will help. I did this in a cocktail mixer to start, but after the first one I just did it directly in the glass. You want to release some of the juices. Then crush 12 mint leaves into your glass. Fill your glass 3/4 full with crushed ice before adding a good measure of white rum. Top up with a splash of soda water, give it a good mix – you can use a small spoon. Add a bit more ice and garnish with a sprig of mint. Ready to go!
I took this mojito recipe from thebar.com, they explain it a much better than I have and they have a whole host of summer cocktails up there for you to investigate. Win! Back to the mojito, I would recommend that you drink shortly after creating…ice on a hot summer day melts…which is annoying when you’re trying to take beautiful pictures! Everything kept sinking on to the bottom. Crushed ice is a pain for melting like that…I can confirm that it tasted incredibly good, so good in fact, that I had to make five more for the people around me.
At least I got to enjoy my drink at the end of it. So what is your cocktail of choice? I’m a fan of long drinks myself, I seem to drink the shorter ones far too quickly! Although they do look beautiful and also very palatable…they just need to last longer! I’m very much considering trying out a Strawberry Daiquiri. They’re another tasty cocktail, although they do require my arch nemesis – crushed ice. I may have been caught sneaking my drink….I needed it after my argument with the crushed ice. It was a lovely way to spend some time on a sunny afternoon, making cocktails and having all the chats.
This is a sponsored post in collaboration with The Bar.