Spring is here! Kind of. I’ve heard. Somewhere spring is… here, but even though Oxford is lagging behind when it comes to the good weather department, it does not mean we cannot act as if spring was actually here and make some preparations, right? Right. And nothing screams spring quite as loudly as a nice and refreshing mojito!
With Eurovision night last weekend – I know, I know, but I am such a sucker for everything Eurovision and no amount of convincing can change that – I figured that it is high time to feed two birds with one drink and finally tackle recipes for my favourite of all drinks on this blog. And oh my, what a lovely idea it turned out to be!
As always in my Let’s try series, these are recipes I have pinned a long long time and forgotten about. The formula is simple: I try it so you don’t have to. Or, if I was lucky, you may choose to try it too.
And this time I was a very lucky girl indeed.
The ultimate mojito by Joanna (Jo cooks)
I wanted to start with something classic yet different – so this little recipe by Joanna seemed like a perfect pick with a twist. I chose this one for those of you who have never had the absolute delight of drinking a mojito on a warm, sunny day, in the garden or in the park, watching ducks quack around and all. It just seems perfect.
What makes this very much classic mojito recipe different is… the colour of the drink. I may be a great lover of mojitos but often they do end up looking rather bland; almost as if they miss out that special oomph a fruity syrup or curaçao can give a drink.
Jo’s mojitos compensate for all of that with a lovely, lime green colour that could turn even the grayest of days into a bright and happy one. Once I saw them on Pinterest, I had to see them on my table, alongside a cauliflower pizza and some spinach salad on the side.
Passion fruit mojitos by Annie (Annie’s eats)
What is the number one step when it comes to upping your mojito game? Adding fruits. And since most mojitos I have encountered go full strawberry or raspberry or maybe even cranberry style, I decided to go a bit different and so chose Annie’s option – passion fruit.
Passion fruits look beautiful and taste even better; they could not do better for a Eurovision night. But as I tried Annie’s recipe, I realized that where I really wanted to be was a spa, or at least my bathtub. It felt very much like a pampering drink for a night in, full of candles and face masks.
I just wish we hadn’t changed all our towels to charcoal recently. It would have gone so nicely with the old, yellow ones.
Kiwi blueberry mojito by Layla (Laylita’s Recipes)
This may surprise you, but another method to improve a mojito is… adding two fruits and layering them nicely, like in this recipe by Layla.
For a reason completely unknown to me, I would never think of putting a kiwi into a mojito – yet it works like a charm. Also once the mojito is filled with kiwi, I would never think of putting blueberries in as well – and they work even better. This is why I leave the recipes up to the experts!
I think this recipe best represents the real power behind a cocktail such as the mojito. It is super simple, requires very little time to prepare, yet the final results looks as impressive as something a bartender would take 10 minutes to whip up in one of those fancy London bars.
Layla’s mojito is also one I would recommend for any outdoors party – just grab a pitcher and let the fun begin!
Blackberry basil mojito by Dana (Minimalist Baker)
For the great many mojito lovers around what I am about to say may be blasphemy, but do stick around. The fourth recipe I have chosen… does not contain mint.
This one is actually a bit of a cheat – I have tried it before. Once or twice, or, I don’t know, maybe a hundred times. For the last year and a bit Dana’s blackberry and basil mojito has been my homemade cocktail of choice.
But it is just such a good recipe I had to show it off – I don’t feel like this list would be complete without it. This mind-blowing idea of not adding mint to a drink that is mostly famous for being, well, made with mint, has truly captured me and my drinking habits.
Just give it a try.
Thanks, Dana, for yet another fantastic recipe! Personally I am a bit of a Minimalist Baker addict – armed with Dana’s cookbook and her blog’s content, I don’t think I ever skip my at-least-one-a-week-Minimalist-Baker-meal routine. I love everything from the lunch salads through to soups to AMAZING baked vegan cheesecakes even my mum fell in love with, and breads and… As someone who struggled a lot with her gluten free regime and had a great many post-diagnosis breakdowns, I cannot recommend Minimalist Baker enough – I mean it from the depths of both of my hearts*.
* No, I am not The Doctor. I just have a heart-shaped mark in one of my eyes.
Toasted frozen coconut mojito by Megan (With Salt and Wit)
And now for the showstopper, as, trust me, no mojito has ever looked as stunning as the coconut mojito Megan came up with.
I mean that.
At first I was a bit… dubious about the idea of putting milk in a mojito. I am not much of a milk fan; I feel like being lactose intolerant and all never actually let me get into the habit of drinking (plant based) milk straight out of a glass and any milk-like products always stay on the edge of my interest.
Unless they are chocolate soya yoghurts, that is.
But I stand to be corrected; because Megan’s drink is not only very unusual for a mojito and very visually stunning, it is also very very tasty.
Serving recommendation? A date, maybe, or an elegant dinner, as no matter which angle you look from, even if you put them in a martini glass… because why not, right?, these mojitos looks stunning and oddly sophisticated. Like it belongs to that old Hollywood. If old Hollywood was as obsessed with coconut as we are now.
And that’s it for today! What are your favourite mojito ideas? Anything I have missed? Or maybe you’re equally in love with some other cocktails I should investigate?