“If life gives you lemons return them, ask for a lime and make a mojito”
– Ancient Chinese Proverb
Ok, maybe that’s not an ancient Chinese proverb… but when combined, limes and mojitos are an unstoppable team. Did you know limes have antibiotic properties and have been know to halt the contraction of cholera? What?! Did you know the name mojito stems from the African word of “mojo” which means to place a little spell? Pass me a magical mojito, I have to…uh…heal myself.
Ginger Vanilla Mint Mojito
Infusing ginger, mint and vanilla into a simple syrup takes the muddling out of these Mojitos. Since the elixir/syrup for this cocktail is made in advance, all you have to do is add ice and liquor or club soda (and fresh fruit garnish of course)—perfect for parties! Make a Mojito bar for guests to customize their own drinks.
Total Time: About 20 mins, plus cooling time (1 hr)
Active Time: 10 mins
Makes: 8 drinks
For the Elixir (syrup):
- 8 cups water
- 1 hand (4-inch) piece fresh ginger, peeled and/or grated
- 2 vanilla beans chopped into large pieces
- 1 cup sugar (or to taste)
- 1.5 oz white rum, vodka or chilled club soda (for a virgin cocktail)
- Fill glass with elixir (syrup)
- Fresh fruit (lime and strawberries work well)
- Fresh mint sprigs
For the base:
In a saucepan, bring water to a boil, add ginger & vanilla bean, heat on medium and simmer 15 minutes. Strains (tiny mesh or cheesecloth) and bring liquid back to a boil. Stir in sugar until dissolved, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat (add mint leaves if you’d like) and let cool to room temperature, about 1 hour.
For 1 drink, fill a 10-ounce glass with ice. Add liquor or club soda, fill glass with the Mojito base elixir/syrup. Garnish with a mint sprig and fresh fruit.