It has been brought to my attention, that not everyone is aware of the magical potion that is a strawberry mojito. ‘Tis the season my friends. The season to be jolly, to deck the halls with boughs of holly, and best of all, it’s strawberry season. Fala-lala-la lala-lala.
Believe it or not, the strawberry mojitos on a Sunday were Dad’s idea, in celebration of surviving a year teaching at a public high school in one of the most affluent towns in New Zealand.
I promised that I would follow the recipe for the first batch, but like most things, it was much better once I bastardised it (if I do say so myself). I have to try and do this from memory, because Mum threw the recipe out, and I can’t reference the original source either…
- 10 strawberries
- 2 limes
- 1 cup of sugar syrup
- 1 1/2 cups of white rum
- 1 cup of loosely packed mint leaves
- 8 cups of soda water
- Hull and quarter the strawberries, add the juice of two limes, the mint leaves and the sugar syrup, leave for 10 minutes so the strawberries release their juice
- Squash the ingredients with a muddler, or a wooden spoon, add the rest of the ingredients, stir well
I used the same quantities of most thing, but blended the lime juice, strawberries and mint, mixed the other ingredients through but only used half the soda water, and added heaps of ice instead. I used three whole limes and half a pouch of that lime juice you buy at the supermarket. The feedback was that it was too minty.
I blended two limes (peeled) with the strawberries, then topped them with the ingredients as per my first variation. I added whole mint leaves that I’d clapped – pretty sure that’s the technical term. The feedback was that it was very good.
The same as the second variation, except that I added about 3/4 of a cup of strawberry liqueur I found in a box in the garage (left over from a hens night in 2012). The unanimous vote was that the final batch was by far the best, but this could have been due to intoxication levels at that time.
If I had been making these just for me, I would have omitted the sugar syrup, purely because this is my preference. Feel free to make the concoction without sugar syrup, taste your brew and then add as required.