Well, for those of you that know me, I love a good cocktail. Now, there’s no better way to celebrate the start of something new than with a good drink. Today I whipped up a true nod to Vermont and the sweet summertime. Here is my take on a mojito: The Citrus Maple Mojito. Everything here in Vermont comes in a maple version, and this summer I have mint coming out of my ears. Thus, I put the two together and mixed up this get-happy cocktail. Below is how I put this bad boy together:
You will need:
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 fresh lime, sliced (or more, depending on how juicy/tart you like yours)
- 3 oz Bacardi Citron Rum (or more, depending on your taste)
- 10-12 fresh mint leaves
- Seltzer water
- Drinking glass of choice
In a small bowl, tear up mint leaves and squeeze in juice of lime slices. Put squeezed slices into drinking glass. Muddle together mint and juice. I muddle mine pretty well since I want little pieces of mint with each sip. If you don’t want that, just muddle it enough to bruise the mint and get the flavor out.
Pour the muddled mixture into the glass. Add 2 tablespoons maple syrup and stir together. Mix in 3 oz. Bacardi Citron Rum and toss in 3-4 ice cubes. Top with seltzer water and give it one last stir. Cheers and enjoy!
Oh, and yes, to those beer aficionados out there, that is indeed a Hill Farmstead Brewery glass (if you haven’t heard of it, it’s worth the “google search” for further reading). Now I must admit, it’s as not as visually appealing as a clear simple syrup mojito, but I think that is clearly forgiven after the first sip (and definitely after the second or third drink). So, there you have it – a summery, Vermonty party in your mouth.
Well, since my glass is full, my children are sleeping and my husband is at work, I shall adjourn to my crochet bag and continue on with a creation just as beautiful as this beverage. Until next time!