thirsty thursday: fresh lime & mint mojitos

The promise of warm air, a crisp breeze, and a bright, vivid sun sounds glorious, no?

We were recently granted a Saturday that offered just that. An early morning 8 mile hike with the hubs and the pup was the perfect way to take advantage of that peak into spring, and we couldn’t resist the opportunity to spend as much time as possible outside. Even after we got home, there was no way we were going to spend the rest of the afternoon inside. After all, if you’re up at 8am on a Saturday, you might as well milk it for all it’s worth, right?

Getting ready for the afternoon bespoke the promise of an afternoon cocktail. With no plans on the docket for the rest of the evening…save for dinner and some quality fire pit time on the back deck, of course, the hubs started rummaging around the bar. Asking my opinion, I told him that I wanted something summery and refreshing, something that would perfectly complement the gorgeous day. He suggested “mojitos” and naturally, I was sold. The sweet combination of fresh lime juice, just a touch of sugar, sparkling water, mint and (hefty dose of) good rum sounded to good to be true.

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A favorite drink of Ernest Hemingway, the mojito traces its roots back to Cuba. Though the origin of this drink is always a bone of contention (it depends on whom you ask!) one thing that is commonly understood among all is the translation of the name.Β MojitoΒ translates to “something a little wet” and I for one couldn’t think of a better name. Because what doesn’t sound better on a hot day than something to whet you palette, and cool you off?

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Mojito {serves 1}

Muddle fresh mint over a pinch of sugar in a Collins glass.

Add in a few ice cubes and stir to combine.

Add 3/4 ounces simple syrup (I like to use the base of my ginger simple syrup recipe, found here) and the juice of 1/4 of a lime. Add in 3 ounces of light rum, and top with club soda.

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Stir to combine, and garnish with a sprig of mint and additional lime wedge, if desired.

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As Hemingway said, “Drinking is a way of ending the day”…in our case, it was the perfect end to a perfect afternoon. Enjoy!

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