If you’re like me, then you’ll agree that every good party deserves it’s own signature cocktail. We recently threw a “Taste of Havana” fête at our cottage over on Bowen Island, and, in keeping with the party’s theme, we decided to serve up mojitos…with a twist! Inspired by the delicious concoctions served at the Seabreeze Lodge on Hornby Island, these ginger-scented bevvies are refreshing, crisp, and have just the slightest hint of the unexpected – the perfect conbination for a superb summer sipper. Try them this weekend – I promise you’ll be back for more!
- 2 cups water
- 1 lb fresh ginger, peeled and cut into long flat pieces (more surface exposure=more flavour!)
- approx. 2 cups fresh mint
- 2 oz. of light rum – per drink
- 1 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice
- club soda (optional)
Place water, sugar and ginger into a medium sized non-reactive pan and heat on medium high until boiling. Turn off heat and let sit for at least an hour – the longer the better: overnight is best. Strain into a glass jar and refrigerate until needed. (strained syrup will keep for at least a month in the fridge)
Pour 1 ounce ginger-scented syrup into a martini shaker. Add a handful of mint leaves, and muddle it together using a wooden spoon handle or the like. Add 2 oz of rum and 1 oz. fresh lime juice. Shake. Pour all over ice in a tall glass and top with club soda. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint and a slice of lime.