Inside-Out Mojito: Relive Those Lazy, Crazy, Hazy Days of SummerOctober 23, 2018
- Mikka WeeWords
One look outside the window and it’s clear that summer is finally over. The temperature continues to get lower and the clouds persist in turning darker, when all we want is for the season to linger just a bit longer. It’s too late, though, no more beach trips, no more picnics, and no more tan lines for us. So, why can’t we celebrate the last few days of sunshine with a glass of our Inside-Out Mojito?
In other countries, summer is known as the season for mint leaves. They grow best under lots of sunshine. With its cool flavor, mint is a key ingredient in making Mojitos so refreshing. Originating from Cuba almost 200 years ago (even before Ernest Hemingway popularized it), one gulp can magically bring back summer whatever time of the year it may be.
We call our Mojitos version “inside out” because the freezing process captures the freshness of the mint leaves, holding their oils in and protecting its flavor from the added alcohol. Squeeze in a bit of lime, pour in a splash or two of your favorite rum, and you’ve got a drink that’ll bring you back to those lazy, crazy, hazy days of summer.
Inside-Out Mojiitos (inspired from 17 Apart)
Total Time: 90 minutes / Yield: 2 ice trays, for 4 glasses
- 1 bunch mint leaves, roughly chopped
- 1 1/2 cup water
- Juice of 1 lime
- 4 shots rum
- 2 cans sprite
- Lime wedge quarters
- Muddle the mint leaves in 1/2 cup water and lime juice in a glass.
- Add in the remaining 1 cup water and mix well.
- Divide mint leaves and pour into ice trays. Freeze until it hardens.
- Prepare 4 glasses, fill with mint ice.
- Add 1 shot each of rum.
- Squeeze in 1 lime wedge quarter in each glass, and put in the lime.
- Fill the glass with sprite.
- Mix and serve.
- If you don’t have a muddler, the opposite end of a wooden spoon will work just fine.