We just spent a delightful vacation on Kiawah Island with my family and the remainder of our week and a half Southern tour was spent near Columbia, SC with Mark's family. It was a wonderful trip with lots of fun family time and if I said I was happy to be back in the Midwest, I would be lying. There is something about the South that just hugs you tightly and never lets go. Although I was born in Detroit, I lived in Charlotte for over half of my life and the South is home to me.
The heat is almost unbearable anywhere this time of year and any thoughts I ever had about the Midwest having mild summer days have just been tossed out the window. Thankfully though, the air cools off just in time for drinks on the deck as Mark and I unwind from the day and grill something fresh for dinner. The Mojito is one of my go to drinks in the summer and after enjoying a few of my dad's perfection concoctions while at the beach, I decided to get a little creative for our relaxing Sunday cocktail hour this past weekend. Not too sweet, and with just the right amount of a bubbly kick, this Raspberry Mojito is a hint of mint, a kiss of berry, lightly lime and a whole lot of happy.
recipe adapted from YumSugar
6 mint leaves
1 1/2 oz. white rum
3/4 oz. fresh squeezed lime
3/4 oz. simple syrup
Splash of club soda
Muddle raspberries first, then mint. Add rum, lime juice, then simple syrup. Stir with a bar whisk or shake vigorously in a cocktail shaker. Strain into a tall cocktail glass filled with ice. Finish with a splash of club soda.