Sunny & Dry

Mojito cocktail with lime and mint in glass at sunlight. Closeup photo.

The lively combination of gin, spearmint and lime make this fresh-ingredient cocktail from Cyrus’ Scott Beattie an excellent summer sip.

  • For the cucumber simple syrup:
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cucumber, cut in half and seeded
  • 30 mint leaves
  • For the drink:
  • 1 1/2 ounces Junipero gin
  • 10 spearmint leaves
  • 10 lemon balm leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kaffir lime zest, optional
  • 1/2 ounce Cucumber Simple Syrup (recipe below)
  • Seltzer water

To make the cucumber simple syrup: Stir sugar into one cup of boiling water until dissolved. Chop one half of the cucumber, and add it and the mint leaves to the mixture. Let syrup sit for a day. Chop remaining half of the cucumber into little, thin half moons. Strain syrup over remaining cucumber.

To make the drink: Chiffonade the spearmint and lemon balm and add all the other ingredients except the seltzer to an empty mixing glass. Fill the glass with ice and shake well.

Add to a Collins glass, top with seltzer, and stir.

Published on July 12, 2010