Last week I was out to dinner with the boyfriend at a local place we’ve been dying to try for awhile. Pat’s Tap in Minneapolis (yep, I’m from good ol’ Minnesota!) is committed to using local and organic agriculture, something we’re big fans of. Being it’s a popular place, we grabbed a couple cocktails at the bar while waiting for our table. Looking for something light and refreshing, the Mojito grabbed my eye. Not only a delicious drink, but a clean one too! What a perfect summer cocktail.
Next time you’re out for drinks or dinner (or both!) consider ordering a Mojito. Or check out the recipe below (adapted from allrecipes.com) if you’d like to try making one at home (sure to please at summer barbecues and patio parties!).
1 1/2 to 2 fluid ounces white rum (depending on how strong you like it!)
1/2 cup club soda (more or less, depending on the size of glass)
Approx. 10 fresh mint leaves (more or less to taste)
1/2 lime, cut into 4 wedges
2 tablespoons raw sugar, or to taste (fair trade if possible)
Place mint leaves and 1 lime wedge into a sturdy glass. Use a muddler (or the back of an ice cream scoop if you don’t have a muddler!) to crush the mint and lime. Add 2 more lime wedges and the sugar, and muddle again to release the lime juice. Do not strain the mixture. Fill the glass almost to the top with ice. Pour the rum over the ice, and fill the remainder of the glass with the club soda. Stir, taste, and add more sugar, mint, or lime if desired. Garnish with the remaining lime wedge.
Note: If you have the time you can make a simple syrup to use instead of the raw sugar (simply syrup dissolves easier in the drink). Take equal parts sugar and water and bring to boil in a small saucepan. Stir until sugar is dissolved, and then let cool. Add to drink as needed and save the rest for another time!
Cheers to delicious, clean drinking!
And if you ever make it to Pat’s Tap, be sure to order the cheese curds (some of the best we’ve ever had!) to start. They are made with cheese from Castle Rock Creamery in Wisconsin. So yummy!