As the staff here at Backroad Wisconsin work feverishly on the reboot of the www.backroadwisconsin.com website; we often need some cool refreshment for these hot summer days. Yep, the State of Wisconsin is enjoying on its hottest summers on record. I’ve totally lost count on how many days above 90 degrees we’ve had so far this year. The only welcome thing I’m missing is some cool rain, of which we’ve also had not enough of.
Our mint patch is loving the hot weather, so to keep the fast growing plant in check, we taken to drinking a cool, refreshing Mojito. The Mojito is rum cocktail born in Cuba. Consisting of rum, simple syrup, lime juice, soda, and mint, it’s a refreshing drink that goes great on these hot weekend afternoons. Follow along for a cool drink for a hot summer day.
- 1 1/2 jigger light rum
- 1/2 jigger simple syrup (see below)
- Juice from 1/4 lime wedge
- 2 sprigs mint
- Club Soda
Remove stem from one sprig of mint and muddle leaves in the bottom of a collins or pint glass with simple syrup. Add ice to top. Pour rum over ice and squeeze fresh lime juice into glass. Fill with club soda and stir with straw. Add second mint sprig for garnish.
Simple syrup is a staple of hot summertime weeks. Make this concoction in advance and store in refrigerator until needed. It will keep for several weeks.
- 1 Cup sugar
- 1 Cup water
Heat water in small pan until boiling. Add sugar and stir until dissolved. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Poor into a clean container and refrigerate. Makes about 12 ounces of syrup.