Spring Cocktail Recipes – Green Tea Mojito

Spring cocktails

Super-Lazy Ways to Welcome in Spring – Part 4
Alfresco Soirees + Cocktails

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!

Stemless wine glasses, old fashioneds and highballs are great vessels for your cocktail concoctions! Image source from left: thirstyrichmonddotblogspotdotcom, foodandwinedotcom, and zero2sixtyeventsdotwordpressdotcom

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. 😉

All the building blocks of icy cold Green Tea Mojitos… The finished product, lime and shiso leaves. Delish! Image source: thekitchndotcom

Icy Cold Green Tea Mojitos

adapted from Organic, Shaken and Stirred by Paul Abercrombie

Our friends at the Kitchn are doyens of taste. They’re always cultivating new and irresistible flavour combinations. Seduce your palate with a mojito, perfectly pitched to meet that post-lunch parch!

Serve them up in tall tumblers with sprigs of zesty mint!

Capture the crisp essence of spring with this fresh cocktail. Substitute spearmint for a zestier finish and serve it up in a short or tall glass to showcase its colours. Image source from left: recipesdotsteepedteadotcom and skinnytastedotcom

Ingredients

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.

 Royal Doulton Highclere Tumbler (Set of 4)

Cut glass adds a classic elegance to your entertaining. Royal Doulton Highclere Tumbler (Set of 4) available online at Zanui. Image source from left: todaydotcom and damyhealthdotcom

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… 🙂

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Make up a jug of mojitos when friends drop rounds. From left: Krosno Silhouette Jug, Maxwell & Williams Diamante Classic Jug and Krosno Jensen Jug, available online at Zanui.

*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…

Hero image source from left: marthastewartdotcom and sousstyledotcom.

Kay is a feature, blog and copywriter. She collects empty jam jars, academic degrees and tawdry dreams in the hopes of turning them into something useful someday. Her work has been published in ACP magazines, ABC fiction, Overland, Brittle Star, Seizure, trade publications and online forums. Her creative writing has won several awards.