for as long as i can remember, my grandpa has grown strawberries and every summer makes a batch of strawberry jam. this year, when i visited my mom for her birthday, she had a few quarts of berries grandpa picked for me to take home. by a few, she meant three.
so just as i had a week of blackberries last year (i have a feeling it will be back again this year), i'm kicking off strawberry week with a variation of my all time favorite drink: the mojito! so stay tuned this week, as i'll have a new strawberry recipe every day for the next seven days! (miss a day? check out the strawberry week link on the right side of the page.)
adapted from white on rice couple, who adapted it from the berry bible
10 minutes, makes 1
i always have simple syrup on hand (i use it in my morning coffee, it takes no time to make and dissolves a lot better than granulated sugar). if you don't, make more than you need and store it in the refrigerator for a few weeks.
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup water
3 fresh strawberries
4-5 fresh spearmint sprigs, chopped or torn into smaller pieces
2 ounces light rum (optional, leave it out for a virgin mojito)
- in a small saucepan, combine the sugar and water. bring to a boil and boil until the mixture is clear. remove from heat and let cool. store extra in the refrigerator.
- in a tall glass, add 3 tablespoons simple syrup, the strawberries, and the mint and muddle together with the back of a spoon or a muddler.
- squeeze the juice from the lime into the glass, add the rum and stir well.
- fill the glass with ice and top off with soda water.