Cocktail Friday is here! It’s been ages. There’s a big cocktail shaped hole in my heart. Or there was...until TODAY! The boys and I walked to the park this morning, played for about 15 minutes, and got rained on. So we booked it home, hopped in the car, and went to the grocery store. The moment we walked through the automatic doors, I was hit with the sweet scent of stone fruit from a gigantic display in the produce department. I picked up some perfect nectarines, followed by bright green basil, and knew I had to make something as soon as possible with my treasures. So, this nectarine basil mojito was born! It has no added sugar and a light, fresh flavor that is perfect for the dog days of summer when you think the heat might actually make you pass out.
I’m not a fan of super sugary cocktails, so this mojito makes me particularly happy. If you want it to be a little sweeter, you can add some maple syrup or agave when you muddle the ingredients in the glass. Also, if you have an issue with texture-y things in your drinks, feel free to make a purée out of your nectarines. Just peel, add to a blender with the basil rum, and give it a whirl until smooth. Then follow the recipe as written!
Cheers, friends! I hope everyone has something to look forward to this weekend.
Nectarine Mojito with Basil
makes 1 cocktail
- 1/3 of a very ripe nectarine, thinly sliced*
- 1 1/2 oz white rum (coconut rum is also tasty)
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 1 large basil leaf, julienned
- 3 mint leaves
- sparkling water
- crushed ice
- basil leaves, nectarine slices, and lime slice for garnish
In the bottom of a glass, muddle the nectarine slices with the rum, lime juice, mint and basil leaf (this is also where you would add any sweetener, if using).
Add ice to the glass, followed by a splash of sparkling water.
Garnish and serve!
*It is important that the nectarine is very ripe. This ensures as much flavor and sweetness as possible.