Monday, September 18, 2017

Ginger Mojitos

I think Monday is as good a day as any to talk about a new cocktail. I see no reason why a drink this refreshing has to wait until Thirsty Thursday, on account of I'm thirsty right now.

Today, we are talking about Ginger Mojitos. Doesn't that just sound so right!? Ginger and mint and lime often find themselves together in Thai cuisine, so the pairing already makes perfect sense.

The base of these mojitos is a ginger simple syrup (we've done that before: see here), ginger liqueur, and all the basics of a mojito, particularly loads of lime juice and fresh mint (in my case, straight from the garden because that's just how adults do).  As with any mojito, these are best enjoyed super cold, so I whipped them up first in a cocktail shaker with lots of ice then served in high ball glasses with even more ice. They are easy to guzzle and even easier to enjoy.

An infused simple syrup is incredibly--yes, I'm going to say it--simple to make. All you need is one cup of sugar, one cup of water, and whatever you want to infuse it with! In this case, that includes a knob of ginger, peeled and minced. The spicy ginger compliments the sweetness of the syrup plus the natural sweetness of the mint. A little tang from freshly squeezed lime juice, and please, please be sure it's freshly squeezed, and the perfect cocktail is born!

Cheers to Monday!

Here's what you need for Ginger Mojitos* (Print Recipe!)

for the simple syrup (leftovers can be stored in the fridge up to a week)
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 knob ginger, peeled and minced
for the cocktails (makes 2, is easily multiplied)
2 ounces white rum
4 ounces ginger liqueur
1/2 ounce ginger simple syrup
10 mint leaves, plus more for garnish
2 lime wedges, plus more for garnish (half a lime total)
1/4 teaspoon minced ginger
club soda

Here's what you do

for the simple syrup
In a small sauce pan, combine the water, sugar and ginger and set over medium-low heat. Stir to combine. Heat until the sugar dissolves then remove from the heat. Allow to cool, then strain and set aside until needed.

for the cocktails
In a cocktail shaker, add the rum, liqueur, and simple syrup. Tear the mint leaves and add to the cocktail shakers. Juice the limes into the shaker as well then toss the limes in along with the extra minced ginger. Muddle the mint, lime, and ginger into the liquid. Add a bunch of ice and shake vigorously until combined.

Pour the mixture evenly into two high ball glasses filled with ice and top with a few glugs of club soda as desired. Garnish with extra mint and limes. Enjoy responsibly ;-)

*Gas Stove Girl Original Recipe

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