Sunday, August 26, 2012
Orange Mojito with Mint Skinny Syrup
Let's discuss a delicious and refreshing summertime cocktail. No, wait. First let's discuss a minor life annoyance. You go to a restaurant and order a chilled beverage such as iced tea or coffee. It arrives unsweetened along with a dish of various packets of sweetening options but you just know they will not blend perfectly. In some of the finer restaurants, the problem is resolved for you as your beverage arrives accompanied by a little jug of simple syrup. That elegant solution insures a perfect blend of sweetener to beverage but...what if I don't want actual sugar? What if I'd like to choose a sugar alternative? Back to the dish of packets we go...
2 oz. Rum
1 oz. Lime juice
1/2 oz. Orange flavored liqueur such as Triple Sec
1/2 oz. Skinny syrup
3 oz. Club soda
4 Mint leaves
Mint Skinny Syrup:
1/4 Cup Water
1/4 Cup Sweet'N Low (12 packets)
Large Handful of fresh mint
In a small pot, bring the water and Sweet'N Low to a simmer and stir until the Sweet'N Low has dissolved. Remove from the heat and add the mint. Allow to cool and pour into a bottle along with the mint leaves. Store unused portion in the refrigerator for up to a week.
To make the cocktail, add the rum and mint to a cocktail shaker and muddle together using a muddler or the back of wooden spoon. Add the lime juice, orange liqueur and skinny syrup along with a handful of ice cubes. Shake well and pour into a chilled cocktail glass. Top off with the club soda and a sprig of mint. If you're making a large batch, you can also leave out the skinny syrup and serve it separately so that guests can sweeten their drinks to their own taste.
Disclaimer: As part of the Foodbuzz Tastemaker program, I was financially compensated and provided with samples of Sweet'N Low and coupons. The recipe, photographs and opinions are my own.
Labels: A Cocktail Life