Over the weekend I made Raspberry basil mojitos to go with our family dinner! With fresh basil no less! I felt like a less successful Ina Garten! All jokes aside, I love basil in drinks. It adds that herbaceous freshness that is absolutely perfect for a summer day. This recipe is from A Spicy Perspective.
1 cup simple syrup (you can make your own with sugar and water, but I just bought the pre made stuff)
1/2 cup torn basil leaves
1 cup FRESH key lime juice
2 cups white rum
1/4 cup Chambord (raspberry liquor)
1 liter club soda (I used Trader Joe’s raspberry lime sparkling water)
fresh raspberries and lime slices to garnish
Pour the simple syrup in a large pitcher and add the torn basil leaves. Use a large spoon/ladle to muddle the basil leaves so they release their flavor–beat them up pretty well.
Add the lime juice, rum and Chambord. Stir.
Add the club soda, stir, and top with ice if the pitcher allows.
To serve: Garnish each glass with fresh berries and lime slices. Serve over ice or chilled without ice.