I decided to make another one of those delicious Orange-Basil Mojitos yesterday, and took the finished drink downstairs to my husband to let him have a taste (he wasn’t home for the first try). He took a sip, said “That is SO good!”, put it out of my reach, and said “Go away!”. I guess he liked it. And he’s not even a big basil fan!
I went out and picked more basil for a second drink. Before I’d finished making it, he was in the kitchen, putting his empty glass next to mine with a pleading look on his face. “That was so refreshing!”, he said hopefully.
Yes, I’ll make another one for you. Because I love you.
And because I love you TOO, my dear readers, I also worked on a non-alcoholic version. This came out pretty well:
Virgin Orange-Basil Mojito
12-15 fresh basil leaves
1/4 cup fresh lime juice (about 2 limes)
1 ounce (2 Tbsp) simple syrup*
1/2 cup orange juice
3 to 4 ounces 1 to 2 ounces (2 to 4 Tbsp) club soda (optional)
Edit: I tried this again and think it’s better with less club soda. Or leave it out entirely, if you prefer.
Put the basil leaves, lime juice, and simple syrup in a glass, and smash up a bit (just to bruise the leaves). Add the ice, orange juice and club soda. Stir. Adjust any ingredients to your personal preference.
* Simple Syrup:
Equal parts of sugar and water, heated enough to dissolve the sugar – then let it cool. For example, mix 1/4 cup sugar and 1/4 cup water and heat and stir until the sugar dissolves. Let cool.
Feeling adventurous? How about trying a Watermelon, Cranberry, or Pomegranate Mojito. And if you do, let me know how they are.