Weekend Cocktail Blogging
First, Happy New Year and all that. Wishing everyone a very successful, non-sober 2010.
The last day of fairly longish (and very relaxing) holiday weekend, along with the balmy, mid-70s and sunny weather we are experiencing here, calls for some refreshing outdoor drink.
So I cooked up this variation of the ultimate outdoor drink, the Mojito, with basil leaves in place of mint (try this with other drinks such as Juleps that call for mint as well, IMO basil has a nicer aroma), plus adding a bit of the Brazilian rum, Cachaca, and some orange liqueur to the mix.
Here’s the recipe:
1.5 part White Rum
1.5 part Cachaca
0.5 part Cointreau/Triple Sec
Dash of Blue Curacao
3-4 large basil leaves
Juice of half a lime
1-2 tsp sugar (demerara sugar is preferred, but I used Stevia)
Sparkling water/Soda (optional)
Step 1: Add the lime juice, sugar and basil leaves into a shaker; using a long bar spoon, mix the sugar and lime juice while smashing the basil leaves (do this gently without bruising the leaves). Add the rum, cachaca and Triple Sec with some ice, shake and pour into a tall Collins glass. Add the dash of Blue Curacao. Top up with soda or sparkling water if you want (I didn’t have either, so I used some tonic water, wasn’t too bad). Serve with a straw.
Step 2: Find a nice, sunny patio – preferably one with a hammock – and an engrossing book. Lie on the hammock, take a sip for every page read. When finished with the drink, go to Step 1. Repeat till the sun gets close to the horizon, making it bloody cold all of sudden.