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Dark rum mojito with basil

Dark rum mojito with basil

Fresh basil leaves are muddled along with the fresh mint and lime. The result is a refreshing and perfect summer drink — not too sweet and full of flavor. I love to serve it with Pimientos de Padrón, but it’s just as delicious with any hors d’oeuvre. This recipe has been a favorite of my guests many times over, and I can only hope it will soon be one of yours as well!

Lime slices

Dark rum mojito with basil

serves 2
active time: 10 min

  1. 1 large lime – cut in 1/2″ pieces
  2. 8 large mint leaves
  3. 4 large basil leaves
  4. 2 teaspoons organic sugar
  5. 3 oz (90 ml) dark rum
  6. club soda or sparkling water
  1. fresh mint and lime slices as garnish

  1. Step 1: Place the lime, mint, basil, and sugar in a mixing glass. Using a muddler, crush the ingredients until the sugar has dissolved and the lime has released its juice. Top with ice cubes and rum. Shake vigorously until very cold.
  2. Step 2: Fill 2 tumblers with ice. Strain the mixture into the glasses. Top with a little club soda or sparkling water. Garnish with a mint leaf and lime slice. Serve immediately.

cocktail, mojito, rum

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12 Comments

  • Reply Donna Ford June 17, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    Hello Viviane,
    I’ll be visiting in California in a few days so I’ll take your recipe with me and we’ll all give it a try. Looks cold and delicious! Thank you! Have a great weekend :)

  • Reply Kristin July 13, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    What gorgeous photos! I love the idea of adding the basil, it is absolutely one of my favorite herbs! Have a lovely day!

  • Reply Leesa W. May 15, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    This drink is fab!!!!!! We just made it fresh and it couldn’t be more divine.

    • Reply Viviane May 20, 2012 at 3:23 pm

      Oh… thank you Leesa! You know what? Your comment is making me crave it. I’ll have to make a round this evening… Cheers!

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