Happy Summer Days! I have a libation for you.
I have been addicted to this concoction for the last…uhh…few days. How come no one told me about the amazing process of muddling? The aroma and oils of mint blossom and perfume this entire drink.
It’s pretty simple, really. Grab your cute mason jar, because everything in a mason jar looks adorable. Throw in some cucumber chunks and fresh mint leaves and take the back of a large wooden spoon and…muddle! Press down and around, break up the cucumber and bruise the mint. The smell of the bruised mint is bright and so refreshing.
I layered this refreshing mojito even more and made a quick ginger simple syrup to pair with the mint and cucumber. This mojito began to create levels of sweet, spicy and bright. I also added sweet lychee juice and topped this libation with a little pour of sparkling water. Once I took a sip and my nose tickled the fragrant mint, I was in heaven. This is..and I promise you…the best summer cocktail you will have.
Now I must say, I am a gin chick and I made this with gin. And then tried it with rum. Not at the same time, of course, I am a lady. But you know, the work of a loyal food blogger is to do proper quality control, obviously.
- 2 ounces Gin or white rum
- 2 Tb ginger simple syrup
- 1/4 cup lychee juice
- Sparkling water
- Few slices of cucumber peeled and sliced in rounds
- Few sprigs of fresh mint
- 2 cups white sugar
- 1 cup water
- 2, 1 inch pieces of fresh ginger peeled
In a small pot, add the sugar and water. Bring to moderate heat and allow to lightly boil. Once sugar has dissolved add ginger and allow to steep for 10 minutes off heat. Pour syrup carefully in a glass mason jar and allow to room temperature. Cover and store in refrigerator until ready to use.
In a tall mason jar (or glass) add 3-4 cucumber rounds and several mint leaves. Use the back of a large wooden spoon to muddle the mint and cucumber so that the mint begins to bruise and break down the cucumber.
Add ice to the glass , ginger simple syrup and lychee juice. Top with sparkling water and garnish with extra cucumber and fresh mint leaves.