Thirsty Thursday: Memorial Day Mojitos

It’s more than just alliteration; it’s a statement, a proclamation that Thursdays are when the weekend should really start. Kicking it off right is the key, and what better way than with a cocktail that not only takes the edge off, but tastes good too. A hard thing to disagree with, we know. Drink up, get down and go to sleep happy.

The key to Memorial Day weekend is simplicity and relaxation with some good food and drink. Any backyard Memorial Day bash should feature sizzling hamburgers off the grill and refreshing pitchers of cold, sweet cocktails. We’re choosing to celebrate with our favorite libation hailing from Cuba, the cooling and minty mojito.

Start by gently muddling the mint to release oils for an herbaceous accent to this spectacular mojito. Then this cocktail is played up with freshly-squeezed lime and lemon juices, light rum, bubbly club soda and lots of ice. There’s no better refreshing, simple and delicious summertime cocktail to whip up for a crowd.

Bottoms up, folks.

Mojitos

Recipe courtesy Michael Chiarello

Ingredients:
  • 1 bunch fresh mint, cleaned
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 lemons, juiced
  • 4 limes, juiced
  • Ice cubes
  • 1 (750 ml bottle) light rum
  • 1 liter club soda
Directions:

In a large pitcher, muddle mint sprigs with sugar and lemon and lime juices until well combined. Add ice, rum and club soda and stir together. Pour into glasses, straining out mint. Enjoy!

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