Warm weather always puts us in the mood for a cool, springy cocktail. Luckily, there seems to be no shortage of creative choices! Right now we’re head over heels for this green tea mojito recipe from Katherine Hysmith of The Young Austinian. Get your glasses ready to mix up a few for yourself and your friends! Here’s what Katherine has to say:
“Move over mimosa, there’s a new brunch cocktail in town. While the mojito often inspires images of lazy afternoons on a hot beach, the addition of strong green tea takes this drink from relaxing to zen. The herby flavors of green tea – I used a strong gunpowder variety – pair perfectly with the mojito’s other classic ingredients of mint and lime. This cocktail gets a double dose of tea through an infused simple syrup and green tea ice cubes. Simply brew a small pot of green tea, let it cool, and pour into ice trays. Tea time just got a bit better.”
GREEN TEA SIMPLE SYRUP:
–½ cup water
–½ cup sugar
–1 tablespoon (or 3 tea bags) strong green tea
- In a small saucepan, combine the water and sugar and bring to a low boil, stirring until sugar is completely dissolved.
- Remove from heat and add the green tea, steeping for 10 to 15 minutes. Discard or strain out the tea and let the syrup cool completely.
GREEN TEA MOJITOS:
(Makes one cocktail)
–Mint, finely shredded
–Lime, thinly sliced
–Green tea ice cubes
–1 tbsp green tea simple syrup
–3 tbsps white rum
–Seltzer or club soda
–Lime slices for garnish
- To the bottom of a glass add about a tablespoon of shredded mint and 3 or 4 lime slices and muddle with the end of a wooden spoon.
- Add several green tea ice cubes to the glass and top with simple syrup and rum, filling the rest of the glass with soda. Stir with a long spoon and garnish with a lime slice on the rim.