Summer, to me, means BBQs, picnics and any other form of al fresco dining you can think of, preferably with lots of family and/or friends and refreshing drinks a-plenty. Yesterday, we decided to add a little minty magic to our annual family June BBQ and make mojitos. Mmmmm.
For whipping up some of these oh-so-fresh summery cocktails you will need...
*Fresh mint sprigs
*Soft brown sugar
* Soda water
* Crushed ice
* White rum (this can be omitted if you're going 'virgin')
You should squeeze the juice of your lime(s) - the quantity you need will obviously depend on the number of drinks you are serving.
In the bottom of each glass put two teaspoons of the sugar and then pour over your squeezed lime juice. You don't need much, just enough to cover the sugar.
Next place two or three sprigs of mint (you can leave the stalks for extra minty flavour) and one or two lime wedges in the glass.
Now you're going to 'muddle'...
You can use the end of a wooden spoon or anything similar you have to hand in your kitchen for this. You basically bash the ingredients in the glass, to release all the minty, limy flavour.
Once this is done, add your crushed ice to the glass, pour a 50ml shot of white rum over the ice, (or not, if you're going alcohol-free) top up with soda water and stir.