It’s been too long since I have featured a cocktail on Bourbon and Brown Sugar… and I have a fantastic one to share today. My husband loves a good mojito… he’s ordered them all over the world (and contends his fave – and mine, come to think of it – was a particularly potent and minty one served in Bogotá… in a large wooden bowl. With a straw.)
I’m not going to start serving cocktails in bowls here at House Morell, but I do love this twist on the classic my friend Shannon mixed up for Thanksgiving a few years ago, and I’ve wanted to re-create ever since. Cranberry syrup gives a the refreshing minty cocktail a tart fall flavor.
I’m bringing this cocktail to an online gathering called “Fiesta Friday” today. I’ve participated in this link party for months… it’s a wonderful community of bloggers from all over the world hosted by Angie at the Novice Gardener. I’m a huge fan of this friendly, encouraging, and welcoming group… as everyone takes the time to read and comment on each other’s posts. I’ve been long-overdue in hosting, so this weekend, I’ll be co-hosting with Michelle. (Thanks Michelle!)
It’s great fun, and joining Fiesta Friday is a wonderful way to gain exposure and views and meet blogger friends. Join the party! Please be sure to link you post to the Novice Gardener, as well as our blogs so that we’ll get a pingback. Tag your posts with “Fiesta Friday” as well, so that it’s easy for others to find you.
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Oh, and enjoy the mojito and your next holiday gathering…
Cranberry Simply Syrup
- 1 1/2 cups frozen or fresh cranberries
- 1 cup water
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
Place the cranberries, water and sugars in a small saucepan over medium heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer until the cranberries are falling apart, about 15 minutes. Strain through a fine mesh strainer into a bowl. Discard the solids and refrigerate the syrup into a container for up to two weeks.
For each Mojito
- crushed ice
- 3 mint leaves
- 1 tablespoon cranberry simple syrup
- 1 1/2 teaspoons lime juice
- 3 tablespoons rum
- club soda or seltzer water
- fresh mint sprigs and lime slices to garnish
Muddle the mint leaves, cranberry simple syrup and lime juice against the sides of a cocktail shaker, add ice cubes and rum. Cover and shake vigorously until thoroughly chilled. Strain into a 10-oz glass filled with crushed ice. Top with the club soda or seltzer water and garnish with mint leaves and/or lime slices.