Nothing is more welcoming on a summer day than an ice cold beverage to quiet the heat. One of my favorite summertime beverages is the mojito, a Cuban beverage made with rum and mint.
I happened to have some leftover basil from a batch of recipe testing I did for my second book (Beach House Brunch which comes out next year) so I decided to try and replace some of the mint in my mojito with the basil. Lo and behold, it worked out wonderfully! The basil paired perfectly with the mint while mellowing out its intensity and also created a beautiful chartreuse hue. Gorgeous and delicious!
Basil and Mint Mojito
- Add lime quarters, basil and mint leaves and sugar to shaker. Muddle them together to squeeze out the lime juice. Add the rum and shake well.
- Fill two glasses with ice and some mint and basil leaves. Pour rum mixture evenly into the two glasses. Divide club soda evenly into the two glasses. Garnish with some more leaves.