Saturday, July 27, 2013

Ryan McGrale: Ultimate Mojito

Best part of the summer?  Sitting on your balcony/porch/front step drinking something cool and refreshing.  Preferably with alcohol.  And just enjoying the sounds of the leaves rustling and the cicadas buzzing and everything just being slow.  And the best drink for this activity is of course the ultimate mojito.  Full of minty-limey goodness and summery perfection.

Ultimate Mojito
From Ryan McGrale, No 9 Park

15 mint leaves, plus 1 mint sprig for garnish
½ ounce fresh lime juice
½ ounce Mint Syrup
2½ ounces light rum
1 ounce chilled club soda

In a cocktail shaker, muddle the mint leaves with the lime juice and Mint Syrup.  Add the ice and the rum, shake well, and strain into an ice-filled highball glass.  Top with the club soda and garnish with the mint sprig.

Makes 1 cocktail

Mint Syrup
½ cup simple syrup
1 cup mint leaves

In a heatproof bowl, pour the simple syrup over the mint leaves.  Cover and let the syrup steep overnight in the refrigerator.  Strain and refrigerate, covered, for up to 1 week.

Makes 4 ounces of syrup

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