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The Ginger Beer Mojito – Because Hemingway gave us more than great literature

It’s true. Come summer time, my most frequently uttered phrase is “mojito me.”

Cocktail - Mojito

Ginger Beer Mojito

My obsession with the incredibly refreshing beverage is not nearly as bad in the city as it is when I travel someplace tropical. (Mostly because I cannot afford to be in love with a $14 drink, even if it is served on a beautiful District rooftop.) …. But once my tush hits a stool in a swim-up bar somewhere sunny, it’s all over. I completely surrender to the power of the mojito.


Skip the simple syrup – Use fresh lime juice and a good quality ginger beer

I love them all: the classic mojito, the watermelon mojito, the passion fruit mojito…. But most of all, I love my ginger beer mojito.

Mint in glass

No need for fancy tools – Muddle the mint with the butt of a knife!

Think of this drink as a summery twist on a dark and stormy. It’s spicy (thanks to the ginger), refreshing and minty – And best of all, you don’t even need to bother with making a simple syrup!

So bottoms-up to summertime and another way to sip yourself down to the tropics.


Spicy, tangy, sweet and refreshing

The Ginger Beer Mojito

  • Muddle torn fresh mint leaves (a small handful – about 5-7 leaves) in a glass. Here’s a trick: I use the butt of a knife, since I don’t have the fancy mojito tool!
  • Top the muddled mint with about 4-5 ice cubes
  • Pour about 1-1 ½ ounces of fresh time juice over the ice
  • Add about 2 ounces of rum (not dark rum!)
  • Fill the rest of the glass with a good quality ginger beer (about 3 ounces)
  • Garnish with mint leaves and lime wedge

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This entry was posted on June 27, 2012 by in DC Eats, Drinks.

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