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Summer Margajito – or is it a Mojitorita?

It’s summer and the herb garden is rocking out. If you like tequila more than rum and your mint is getting out of hand, you’ve come to the right place. This recipe combines two tasty cocktails into one summertime burst of flavor.

Ingredients

  • ½ oz maple syrup
  • 12 mint leaves + a full sprig for garnish
  • 1 lime shell quarter
  • Pinch of cumin
  • Ice
  • ¾ ounce lime juice
  • 1.5 oz tequila (Reposado)
  • ½ ounce Cointreau
  • 4 oz sparkling water

Directions

1. Add the maple syrup, mint leaves, lime shell, and cumin into a mixing glass. Use a muddler to lightly press and create a mint-flavored syrup.

2. Add ice, lime juice, tequila, and Cointreau.

3. Shake well, then strain into an ice-filled pint glass.

4. Top it off with sparkling water, garnish with a mint sprig and serve.

Notes

  • Grow your own mint at home in a pot on a patio or deck.
  • Keep the lime wedges out of the drink, they suck up the alcohol – what good is that?
  • Try it using sparkling water with a lime essence. More lime!
  • The preferred tequila in the test kitchen is Hornitos Reposado which is easy to find and affordable as premium tequilas go. You can sub Grand Marnier or Gran Gala for a similar orange liqueur taste provided by the premium Cointreau.

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