Strawberry Lemon Mojitos with Basil-Infused Rum

Posted in Drinks, Food, Recipes
on June 16, 2017

 

There’s something one of my coworkers told me about summers as a teacher, when I told her how I’d be working two jobs and be pretty busy all summer, so it wouldn’t really be a break. She said that no matter what, summer is sweet and a complete gift. And she was right. I am working two jobs – three days a week nannying, and some weekends working weddings at Hidden Meadow – but there’s still so much extra time, and the extra daylight and sunshine and warmth has me feeling all kinds of happy. 

 

Summer is also proving to be the perfect time for me to work on accomplishing some goals: getting back into a fitness routine, keeping our house clean, trying out new recipes, getting projects done and getting an Etsy shop started that I can hopefully share with you all soon! Combine all of that with working and time with friends, travel and trips to our cabin, and my summer is going to be jam-packed, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

 

I’m also trying to remember to relax a bit. Last weekend, I met a mother of the bride who I’m pretty sure is my alternate universe self. She made all of the decorations for the entire wedding, and when I remarked that she must have spent a ton of time on everything, she just laughed and told me that she never sits still and rarely sleeps because she always has a project to work on. I tend to be the same way. From the time I wake up until I absolutely have to go to sleep, I rarely sit down. Sometimes I look at the clock and realize it’s 10pm and I have yet to take a second to relax. I wouldn’t have it any other way, because I love the projects I work on and the ways I fill my time. That being said, learning to relax is something I know I could benefit from. 

 

And of course, alcohol isn’t a necessity in order to relax. But it doesn’t hurt! And there are few things I love more than summer evenings sitting outside on a patio, on our newly decorated porch or deck, or in front of a bonfire, sipping on a drink or two with friends. 

 

 

One of my all-time favorite cocktails will always be a mojito. The flavor is light and so refreshing, and they’re also so easy to make at home! One of our local bars serves a great lemon basil mojito for the summer, and I knew I needed to create a recipe to make them at home. The addition of fresh strawberries and basil-infused rum makes for the perfect easy cocktail to serve next time you have friends over – or for an easy weeknight drink! 

 

 

 

Infusing the rum yourself is super simple, just put a few basil leaves into a glass jar of rum for 12-24 hours. You may want to play around with ratios based on your taste preferences. Alternatively, you can muddle a few basil leaves in with each mojito to achieve basil flavor that way. As with most cocktails, you can and should make it your own, based on the flavors you prefer! I like a pretty even blend of strawberry, lemon and basil. If you’d prefer a mocktail or kids want to get in on the mojito action, just leave the rum out and you still have a delicious sparkling drink!

Serve over ice and garnish with fresh fruit, and enjoy! 

 

Tell me – what’s your favorite relaxing summertime activity? Do you have a hard time sitting still? What’s your favorite summer cocktail? I always love to hear from you! 

Strawberry Lemon and Basil Mojitos
Serves 1
A simple and refreshing summertime cocktail with fresh fruit and basil-infused rum.
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113 calories
12 g
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0 g
2 g
0 g
302 g
7 g
6 g
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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
302g
Servings
1
Amount Per Serving
Calories 113
Calories from Fat 3
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g
1%
Saturated Fat 0g
1%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 7mg
0%
Total Carbohydrates 12g
4%
Dietary Fiber 4g
14%
Sugars 6g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A
1%
Vitamin C
61%
Calcium
15%
Iron
27%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 oz white rum (infuse with basil leaves ahead of time)
  2. 2 strawberries, washed and sliced
  3. 1/2 small lemon, sliced
  4. 3-4 basil leaves (if not using infused rum)
  5. 1 tsp. sugar or sweetener of your choice (I prefer stevia)
  6. 6-8 oz. plain soda water
  7. Extra fruit for garnishing
Ahead of time
  1. Infuse 8-10 basil leaves in a glass jar of rum for 12-24 hours.
To make the mojitos
  1. In a glass, muddle strawberries, lemon slices, sugar and basil leaves, if not using infused rum.
  2. Add ice and rum.
  3. Fill the remainder of the glass with soda water.
  4. Garnish with additional fruit, and enjoy!
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calories
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fat
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protein
2g
carbs
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