I learned a new word this week. We had friends rent a beach house nearby, and they invited us over to porch. This is what we do almost every weekend, and I am so glad I now have a name for it. Porching is when neighbors wander from house to house on a warm summer evening and sit on the front porch to socialize. Cocktails encouraged. We porched this week with Basil Mojitos. They are delicious.
- 2 T. simple syrup
- 1 shot fresh lime juice
- 1 shot white rum
- 6-10 basil leaves
- crushed ice
- soda water
- lime wedges
- Place the simple syrup, rum, lime juice, 2 lime wedges, and the basil in a tall sturdy glass and bash with a muddler or the back of a spoon until the basil leaves and lime wedges are mashed up.
- Fill the glass with crushed ice.
- Top with soda water.
- Garnish with a fresh basil leaf and a lime wedge.
- Ingredients list makes one large mojito. Increase amounts as needed.
- To make simple syrup, Put equal parts water and sugar in a pot and heat on the stove until sugar is dissolved. Swirl the mixture a few times while heating. Remove from heat and let cool. If you only need a few cocktails, mix 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar. If you are mixing cocktails for a large group, double or triple. Leftover simple syrup can be kept in a container with a lid in the refrigerator for a long time.
- If you want to make a Strawberry Mojito, replace the lime wedges and the basil with strawberries and mint.
- If you want to make a Cranberry Mojito, visit this post.