Traditional mojitos get a twist in these refreshing Strawberry Lemonade Mojitos, using lemons instead of limes, fresh strawberries, and mint simple syrup. Or replace the rum with seltzer for a non-alcoholic summer spritzer!
I realize that we bloggers sometimes get ahead of ourselves when it comes to thinking about the next holiday or season. After all, you fine readers like to plan ahead, and as a type-A planner myself, I can certainly understand that. But even though I’ve already starting seeing pumpkin recipes pop up in my Pinterest feed, I’m going to hold off a bit longer (like, until September) on giving in to the temptation.
After all, it’s still August. And by golly, it’s 100-degrees out this week. So before I start posting all things autumn, I feel like we need to send off summer with a few last proverbial hurrahs!
As a result, today I’m sharing a refreshing cocktail recipe that’s become a new favorite of mine this summer. I’ve always been a fan of mojitos, with raspberry being my favorite fruity twist. But this summer, I’ve developed a special affinity for various incarnations of lemonade (as evidenced by my Minty Peach Lemonade), so I thought it would be fun to incorporate lemons instead of limes into my favorite mojito recipe.
Everyone knows that if there’s anything better than lemonade, it’s strawberry lemonade. So with these flavors in mind, I set out to create the perfect summer libation. And I’m pleased to report that these Strawberry Lemonade Mojitos turned out just as refreshing and delicious as I had hoped they would!
I typically keep a Mason jar full of mint-infused simple syrup in my refrigerator all summer long, using it to sweeten tea, lemonade, and various adult beverages. As you might guess, I use it when the mood strikes for a mojito as well.
For this recipe, I used a big wooden spoon to muddle ripe strawberries, lemon wedges, and fresh mint in the bottom of a large plastic pitcher. Okay, full disclosure…it was actually a jumbo Igloo thermos. I know, I know…fancy. That’s how I roll. In my defense, I didn’t want to do my muddling in a glass pitcher because I tend to put a lot of elbow grease into my efforts and I needed as sturdy a receptacle as I could find. So a thermos it was!
Anyhoo, after I was satisfied with my muddling, I added fresh-squeezed lemon juice, mint simple syrup, rum, seltzer, and ice, and vigorously stirred everything together. Then it was time to pour my mojito mixture through a strainer into a far more attractive glass pitcher filled with ice. Personally, I find it easier to drink a mojito once all of the solids have been strained out…otherwise, I always tend to get a mint leaf stuck in my straw, and who needs that kind of stress? 😉
As always, feel free to adjust the quantities of these various ingredients to your liking. I don’t like my cocktails too strong, so I always start out with a little less liquor and add more to taste. However, if you’re a fan of a potent adult beverage, go for it! It’s also easy to tweak the simple syrup in this recipe to make your mojitos more or less sweet, depending on your preference.
If you would rather make faux-jitos, this recipe is perfectly yummy with an extra splash of seltzer instead of rum. In fact, I typically mix everything together and pour some into a separate container for my kids before adding the rum. They rather enjoy their non-alcoholic Strawberry Lemonade Spritzers while we adults sip on our mojitos. Something for everyone…can’t beat it!
So join me in savoring the waning weeks of summer! Strawberry Lemonade Mojitos are guaranteed to help you withstand the remaining days of sweltering heat. And as an added bonus, sipping a mojito just might help you ward off the urge to bake with pumpkin…at least until it’s more seasonally acceptable. 😉
Adapted from Food & Wine