After all of the weekend’s chores were done, Chris and I had a chance to relax and enjoy an absolutely gorgeous Sunday afternoon. We sat on our deck and welcomed the cool breeze under a shady spot, amidst the swaying bamboo and peaceful sound of the water in the nearby pond. We watched an orange butterfly flutter around and a couple of colorful birds splash around the water. For a short while, we were transported to a distant tropical island, without a care in the world, sipping these refreshing Strawberry Mojitos, and enjoying each other’s company.
It is life’s little moments, like this, that I treasure most.
Yields 1 cocktail
3 to 4 lime wedges, to taste
2 to 3 strawberries, to taste
5-6 large mint leaves, to taste
1 ounce simple syrup (recipe below)
1 1/2 ounces light rum
Soda water (I used DRY Rhubarb Soda)
In a tall glass, muddle the lime wedges, strawberries, mint leaves, and simple syrup. Add the rum and ice. Top off with soda water. (Experiment with different flavors of soda waters and discover some new flavor combinations!) Stir and serve immediately.
Adapted from the LA Times.
Yields about 1 1/4 cups
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup water
In a medium saucepan combine sugar and water. Bring to a boil, stirring, until sugar has dissolved. Allow to cool and transfer to a jar or bottle with a lid and store in the refrigerator, for up to two weeks.
Note: Simple syrup may be made in any quantity using the same ratio of water and sugar.
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