Looking for the perfect summer cocktail? Want something with a kick? Look no further than this ginger mojito with lemongrass and kaffir (makrut) lime leaves!
Mojitos are a traditional Cuban cocktail that was originally thought to curb disease on the island of Cuba. This super refreshing drink is great for parties or as a casual drink on a hot summer day.
However, you can kick it up a notch by adding in some other tasty flavors, like ginger and lemongrass. The Makrut (kaffir*) lime leaves will give you that traditional lime flavor from the delicious mojito.
Read on to discover this incredible ginger mojito recipe.
The first step to making this delicious ginger citrus cocktail is to prepare your ingredients. There are a few different elements to this drink including simple syrup, the actual mojito, and the fun-looking stuff — garnish! Also, note that this particular recipe serves one.
For the simple syrup, you will need the following:
- 1/2 cup of raw sugar
- 4 small slices of ginger
- 1 handful of kaffir (makrut) lime leaves
- 1 lemongrass, stalk sliced
- 1 cup of water
It's best to let the syrup sit for a few hours, and even better overnight, so get a headstart if possible!
The mojito portion is fairly simple. You'll need these ingredients:
- 1 1/2 ounces of whichever rum you prefer
- 1 ounce of the ginger simple syrup (mentioned above)
- 1/2 lime, quartered
- 7 leaves of mint
- your preference of ice
- a dash of sparkling water
Finally, the garnish makes the drink super pretty. Plus, if you do it right, you can add some more flavor in there.
For the garnish, you'll want:
- 1 lime wheel
- 1 mint sprig
- 1 stalk of lemongrass
How to Make a Ginger Mojito
There are two main elements when it comes to the mojito: the "mojito" and the simple syrup.
First, you'll need to prepare the simple syrup. We recommend that you let it sit overnight for the best results.
How to: Simple Syrup
Place your raw sugar and water into a saucepan. Heat over medium to low and stir to dissolve the sugar. Once the sugar is dissolved, remove it from heat.
Add the lemongrass, mint, and kaffir lime leaves. Leave these in for a few hours or overnight before you strain. This simple syrup will stay good for a couple of weeks in a sterile bottle.
How to: Mojito
In a glass, place the simple syrup, lime, and rum. Use a muddling stick to get the excess juice from the lime.
No muddling stick? No worries, just use a spoon!
Take the mint leaves, and rub them around the brim of the glass before you toss them in. Finish off with ice and sparkling water before you stir.
How to: Garnish
This is when you get to style your beverage! Try "interesting" ideas, especially if you have guests to impress. You can simply top with your lime wheels, mint springs, and lemongrass stalk for a tasty-looking ginger mint mojito!
Relax and Enjoy
This refreshing and cooling ginger mojito will have you ready to relax by the pool. This bold twist on a classic cocktail is a fun way to entertain or be entertained.
For more delicious citrus cocktail, cuisine, and dessert recipes, visit our Citrus Delight blog!
Also, enhance your cocktails with our fresh Makrut lime leaves!
*The common name for this plant and leaves is 'Kaffir' lime, but 'Kaffir' is an offensive word from Southern Africa. It has coincidentally used in Southeast Asia as the name for this plant, without a harmful intent. However, due to the growing international popularity of the fruit and leaves, we and others have transitioned to its alternate name: Makrut Lime.