Spring is dappled sunlight and dew-dropped blooms, buds unfurling, and that intoxicating scent of ripening fruit. It’s pitchers of punch, sangrias piqued with citrus, fruity champagne pours and blended or built cocktails…
So, what better way to welcome in the season than to throw back the doors, and host a spring cocktail soiree on your balcony? To help you with all the plans, we’ve selected our five fave fruity and floral-inspired cocktails to toast the toastier weather…
We’ll be posting one every day this week. Hurrah!
It’s Tuesday (the week is young) so we thought we’d start with a nice healthy option! A Mojito is super-sweet yet refreshing. And green tea is associated with weight loss, improved brain function, a lower risk of cancer (it’s antioxidant-rich), dental health and more!
It’s just a little taste of heaven. 😉
Icy Cold Green Tea Mojitos
adapted from Organic, Shaken and Stirred by Paul Abercrombie
Serve them up in tall tumblers with sprigs of zesty mint!
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
4 large mint leaves*
2 teaspoons sugar
Approx. ½ cup brewed green tea, chilled
30ml white rum
Muddle lime juice, mint and sugar together in a Collins glass until leaves bruise lightly and flavours release. Add ice until glass is about ¾ full, then pour in rum and green tea. Stir thoroughly.
More is more – make up a pitcher:
Multiply the ingredients by the number of guests you have and muddle away. Pop in some whiskey stones so you don’t dilute the flavour whilst you’re waiting to hear the hounds at the door… 🙂
*Random fact: did you know that there are over 600 different kinds of mint? Including yerba buena (aka hairy mint – we kid you not), pineapple mint, and chocolate and ginger varietals… The Kitchn kids substituted mint for shiso – a Japanese basil relative of the mint family. Nice!
Go on. Put out the call. Cocktails at yours. It’d be rude not to…
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