thirsty thursday: mojito margaritas

Autumn, where did you go??

As I sit here typing this, it’s currently 75 degrees and sunny. Let me repeat myself – SEVENTY FIVE DEGREES. Ugh.

Here we are, almost into October…and I’m sharing a margarita recipe. Is this blasphemous? Well, strike that; it’s always margarita time, but I feel that since we’re solidly into fall now, I should be sharing fiery, soul-warming drinks {especially after this post}, but here I am, tempting you with a summery cocktail.

Not that you’ll be complaining after you make this drink. It’s easily a new favorite of ours, even considering that this drink is more adept for spring and summertime sipping. It combines two of my favorite drinks: a fresh, minty mojito with a tart and tangy margarita.

sidenote: how many times do y’all think I can say “margarita” in one post? 

It’s bright and sweet, but not overly so. Ideal for sipping after a long day at work, or kicking off the weekend. There’s plenty room for adjustment with this drink {an extra splash of tequila here, maybe some fresh muddled fruit added in}, and goes down so smoothly, you’ll wonder what happened!

This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled….just to avoid the sin of an empty glass during happy hour.

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Mojito Margaritas {recipe adapted, minimally, from How Sweet It Is}

The combination of these two classic cocktails makes for one perfect, flavorful drink. One sip, and you’ll see why. 

Ingredients:

coarse salt + sugar for the rim
lime wedges
a bunch of fresh mint for garnish
2 1/2 ounces simple syrup {I tend to err on the lower side, as I prefer a drink that is hardly sweetened}
1 1/2 ounces tequila {I prefer silver}
1 ounces Grand Marnier
1 ounce rum
3 ounces lime juice
2 ounce club soda

To Prepare:

Take a chilled glass and rub the rim with a lime wedge. Dip the rim in a mixture of coarse salt and sugar, covering it as much as you can.

In the bottom of the glass, add 1 ounce of simple syrup and a handful of mint leaves. Muddle with a muddler or use the clean bottom of something blunt.

Add ice to the glass, and pour in the tequila, Grand Marnier, rum, lime juice and remaining simple syrup. Mix with a long spoon or knife, stirring well to combine. Add another bunch of mint leaves and a lime wedge or two. Top the glass off with club soda {a few ounces until you reach the top!}.

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Cheers!

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. Mojito 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!