There are lots of great ways to start a Friday evening, and enjoying a cocktail with friends definitely counts as one of them. I’ve already told you how much I enjoy a classic, traditional mojito but there are some wonderful variations that are also definitely worth trying.
This ginger mojito is undeniably one of those. The ginger, lime and mint work together really well, with the ginger cutting through to add a warm and slightly spicy background flavour that’s incredibly appealing. Of course, the ginger syrup adds sweetness too, but by making it yourself you can make sure that it’s not too sweet – it certainly shouldn’t be sugary, and it’s important that the cocktail itself tastes of ginger, rather than syrup.
The traditional mojito is characterised by its refreshing flavour, making it perfect for summer. In this case, the ginger adds a really interesting twist that redefines it as just the thing for autumn.
Recipe: Ginger Mojito
For the ginger syrup:
50g / 2 ounces fresh ginger, grated
175g / 6 ounces caster sugar
8 fl oz cold water
For the mojito:
The freshly squeezed juice of ½ lime
2-3 sprigs of mint
50ml ginger syrup
I used Havana Club Añejo Especial (golden) rum
100ml soda water (or less, to taste)
4 ice cubes
This makes enough for one glass
Optional: mint and lime wedges to garnish