Black Garlic Mojito

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Courtesy André and Tenaya Darlington, authors of Sprig & Spirit blog and The New Cocktail Hour: The Essential Guide to Hand-Crafted Drinks (Running Press, 2016)

  • 1½ ounce dark rum
  • 1 orange wheel, sliced into halves
  • 3 basil leaves, plus 1 sprig for garnish
  • 1 ounce black garlic simple syrup (recipe below)
  • Soda water

Muddle basil and half an orange wheel in the bottom of a rocks glass filled with ice. Add black garlic syrup and rum. Stir, and top with soda water. Garnish with orange and basil.

Black garlic simple syrup
  • ½ cup hot water
  • ½ cup Demerara sugar
  • 3 cloves black garlic
  • 1–2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
To make syrup

Bring water to boil. Stir in the sugar until it dissolves. Pour the syrup into a blender and add garlic. Blend until the garlic is finely ground. Use a fine-mesh strainer to remove any solids. Add the vinegar and taste. It should taste slightly acidic with a sweet, earthy finish.

Published on April 12, 2016