1990s Recipes + Menus

Mojito with Basil

May 1996
Around 2005, the Basil Mojito became the cocktail geek’s cocktail. Any bar that hoped to be taken seriously as a temple of culinary mixology had to have a variation on that theme. Putting herbs in savory drinks isn’t a big leap, and of course mint goes with every spirit, and though there’s no pomegranate foam involved, this was a pretty bold move.

2 fresh mint sprigs, chopped
2 fresh basil sprigs, chopped
1 tablespoon sugar
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 1/2 ounces (3 tablespoons) light rum
chilled club soda or seltzer

Garnish: fresh mint and basil sprigs and lime slices

In a tall glass with back of spoon crush mint and basil with sugar and lime juice until sugar is dissolved and stir in rum. Add ice cubes and top off drink with club soda or seltzer.
Stir drink well and garnish with mint, basil, and lime. Makes 1 drink.
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