Saturday, May 28, 2011

Cucumber Mojitos



It hit 100 degrees today. It's awful early for the temperatures to be triple digits -- it speaks of a long hot summer. The upside of a long hot summer, however, is the addition of summer cocktails, like the cucumber mojito!

Cucumber Mojito
Serves 2 generously, or 4 conservatively

2 c cold water
1 c cucumber, chopped
1/4 c sugar
1/4 c lime juice
12 mint leaves
3/4 c rum
1 c sparkling water, chilled
1 c crushed ice
4 sprigs mint leaves
4 cucumber slices
4 lime wedges

Place 2 c water and chopped cucumber in a blender; process until smooth. Strain cucumber mixture through a sieve into a medium bowl; discard solids.


Place sugar, lime juice, and 12 mint leaves in a glass measuring cup, or the cup of a bar shaker. Crusher with a muddler. Add rum and cucumber mixture. Stir until the sugar dissolves. Stir in sparkling water.

Serve in 12-oz glasses that are filled with 1/4 c ice each. Garnish with mint sprigs, cucumber slices, and lime wedges.

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