With warmer weather upon us -- hooray, hooray, hooray -- it's time to lighten up our before-dinner drinks and think about such things as sangria, daiquiris and mojitos.
Check out this set of recipes for such treats as Thai-basil sangria, lemongrass margarita, rhubarb daiquiri, limoncello Collins and the one pictured: strawberry-lemon mojito (recipe below).
If you don't want the alcohol, several of these can be made as "virgin" drinks. We're having a dinner party in a couple of weeks with several non-drinkers in the crowd. I might try that strawberry-lemon mojito without the rum for those who would prefer it.
Recipe: Strawberry-Lemon Mojito (Makes 4 drinks)
- 8 lemon wedges
- 24 mint leaves, plus 4 mint sprigs, for garnish (optional)
- 4 strawberries, plus 2 halved strawberries, for garnish
- Ice cubes, plus crushed ice
- 8 ounces gold or aged rum**
- 3 ounces fresh lemon juice
- 2 ounces sugar syrup or agave nectar
In a cocktail shaker, muddle the lemon wedges with the whole strawberries and mint leaves. Add ice and the rum, lemon juice and sugar syrup; shake well. Strain into crushed ice–filled highball glasses. Garnish with the berry halves and mint sprigs.
** May be prepared without the rum.