Frozen berries. Mint. Lime. Rum. Not exactly a February drink. And yet I could not resist.
I told my cousin Helen that I’d make a special drink for her birthday when I was in Texas last week. But as it happened, she couldn’t make the drive from Austin to Dallas, which is understandable, what with her having a job and responsibilities and all. So Helen, this is the drink I didn’t make for your birthday. I should have just gone ahead and made the drink for the rest of the family, but time was short and I just didn’t get around to the liquor store and the grocery store.
This one is ridiculously easy to make, though, so even though the moment has passed, we can all make it ourselves. You hardly need any instructions–the picture more or less says it all.
Champagne Mojito for Helen’s Birthday
1.5 oz white rum (I used 10 Cane)
1 oz simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water, brought to a boil and allowed to cool. Just use the microwave and stick it in the freezer for a few minutes.)
.75 oz fresh lime juice (about half a lime)
Dry sparkling wine (I like this Jaume Serra Cristalino Spanish cava. Please do not use anything cheap and horrible. Buy a split–a half-bottle–if you’re just making a couple drinks and don’t want to spring for a whole bottle.)
Fill a tall glass with layers of ice cubes, frozen berries, and mint leaves.
Muddle the first three ingredients and the rest of the mint in a cocktail shaker. Press gently with a muddler or wooden spoon to release the oils in the mint without turning it to a pulp. Shake with ice and strain into the glass. Top with sparkling wine.
That’s it! Happy birthday, Helen!