Monday, June 19, 2017

Favorite Summer Cocktails - Blackberry and Meyer Lemon Gin and Tonics and Mojito


I love growing a few herbs out on the back deck.  Mint is one of my favorites as it's a base of two of our favorite summer cocktails.

Blackberry and Meyer Lemon Gin and Tonics - I came across this cocktail recipe on the food blog, Spoon Fork Bacon .  Check it out, it's an amazing blog!  The photography of their food makes me drool!  I don't care for a basic Gin and Tonic but this cocktail is so much more, it's so refreshing!  
Serves 1
Ingredients:
3 blackberries
5 fresh mint leaves
1/2 Meyer lemons (Meyer lemons are sweeter than regular lemons)
1 Tablespoon simple syrup (equal parts sugar/water)
1 - 1 1/2 ounces good quality gin (we like Hendrick's)
tonic water
ice
Directions:
1. Set out four high ball glasses.
2. Place 3 blackberries, 5 mint leaves, juice of ½ Meyer lemon, and 1 tablespoon simple syrup in each glass and muddle together.
3. Fill each glass with ice, followed by gin. Top off each drink with tonic water, stir and serve.

Mojito - This recipe comes from Allrecipes.com.  I love a good basic mojito but when I have fresh fruit (strawberries, pineapple, blackberries or raspberries) in the house I like to muddle a few in with the lime and mint.  It taste like summertime in a glass.
  • Ingredients:

  • 8-10 fresh mint leaves
  • 1/2 lime, cut into 4 wedges
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar, or to taste (you can also use simple syrup)

  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • 1 1/2 fluid ounces white rum
  • 1/2 cup club soda

Directions:

Place mint leaves and lime wedges into a tall sturdy glass. Use a muddler to crush the mint and lime to release the mint oils and lime juice. Add the sugar and muddle again to dissolve the sugar.  Fill the glass almost to the top with ice, add the rum and fill the glass with club soda and stir.



Strawberry Mojito - If adding fruit, muddle a few pieces with the lime and mint.

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