July 03, 2009

Tequila Mojitos

It's the holiday weekend here in the US and many are gearing up for backyard barbecues, grill outs, picnics, camping and pool parties. In May we started to talk about summer drinks for adults (alcoholic) and I hoped to bring you a lot of new ideas to try. I haven't counted them but I think we've gotten up to about 10 or so. Let's see if I can get my readers a few more to add to their collection to try this weekend.

A typical Mojito will have just sugar, lime, mint and rum. But as with every recipe, you can play with it a bit and see what you get. I think this recipe I found through Southern Living sounds more like a margarita but the addition of mint makes it a mojito. See what you think.

Tequila Mojitos

1 c water
3/4 c sugar
1 c fresh mint sprigs
2 c lemon-lime soft drink like 7-up or Sprite, cold
1 c fresh lime juice
1/2 c tequila
Garnish: fresh mint sprigs, lime slices

Make a simple sugar syrup by bringing 1 cup water and the sugar to a boil in a medium saucepan. Boil, stirring often, until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat; add mint sprigs, and let stand 2 hours or until mixture is completely cool. Pour mixture through a wire-mesh strainer into a pitcher, discarding mint. Stir in lemon-lime soft drink, lime juice, and tequila. Serve over ice. Garnish, if desired.Print Friendly and PDF