Sweet & Tangy Cucumber Mojito
After what felt like the longest winter of my life I can happily say that summer is finally here. There are a few things that are essential for every summer season such as fun prints, the scent of barbecue in every neighborhood, a playlist made specifically to give you island vibes and of course a refreshing cocktail (or mocktails) to cool off with.
I am a huge fan of mojitos. The lime and the mint mix surprising well together. I always thought the combination would be disgusting until I actually gave it a try. Now I have a mint plant in my garden so I can have fresh mint on hand whenever I want to have one.
I wanted to play around and mix up a new version of a mojito. Of course the classic version is amazing, but sometimes it's fun to put a new twist on things. Whoever said "don't fix what isn't already broken" must not have treated their taste buds to very much excitement.
- 1-2 ounces White Rum (this depends on your taste, add more or less depending on how strong you enjoy your drinks)
- 2-3 slices of Lime
- 3-4 slices of Cucumber
- 6-8 Mint Leaves (or a stem of mint leaves)
- 2-4 oz Pineapple Juice (add more or less depending on taste)
- Ice cubes (optional)
(If you live an alcohol free lifestyle this drink is also delicious if you skip the rum)
The first thing I did was put the lime, cucumber, mint and rum in the glass and let it set for at least 15 minutes, occasionally stirring it. This way it allows all the flavors to infuse the rum making a much tastier drink. You can skip this step but your taste buds won't be nearly as satisfied.
All you have left to do now is top off your drink with pineapple juice, stir and enjoy.
The pineapple juice and the lime mixed together is a very tangy combination so the addition of the cucumber slices mellows out the flavour making it much more enjoyable.
Mint is also very easy to grow. If you enjoy mojitos as much as I do you can save a lot of money by growing your own mint plant. Mint plants are also a natural mosquito repellent in case you needed more motivation to plant one. Check out my post Why You Need an Herb Garden to learn more about growing your own herb plants.