Gin, mint, and ginger beer smoothed together with lime, a mutual friend to all. Like a cross between a mojito and a moscow mule, with the botanical, herby profile of gin to round out the flavors. Perfect for the porch.
By Bowen Close
Gin, mint, and ginger beer smoothed together with lime, a mutual friend of all. Like a cross between a mojito and a moscow mule, with the botanical, herby profile of gin to round out the flavors. Perfect for the porch.
On this particular evening, the planets had aligned – a packet of fresh mint leftover from garnishing that evening’s banh xeo, a particularly lovely new gin acquisition, and a stash of WiscoPop Ginger Brew. I made this batch not as strong as I could have, since I knew we’d be taking a long pause in the dinner making process to head out onto the porch, but this drink could easily be made stronger, in a lowball style, with less ginger beer. A stronger cocktail for times when you’re really ready to turn that corner, confident of the season ahead to keep you drinking cocktails on the porch.
- 3-4 large mint leaves, plus sprigs for optional garnish
- 1 pinch sugar
- 1½ oz. gin, the more floral and botanical the better
- ¾ oz. lime juice
- Ginger beer – somewhere between 2 oz. and 8 oz., depending on how strong you want the drink
- Muddle mint and sugar in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Fill it halfway with ice cubes.
- Add gin and lime and shake.
- Strain, top, and serve Strain the shaken mixture into highball glasses with ice. Fill with ginger beer and garnish with a mint sprig, if desired.
- Making ahead: Mint, sugar, gin, and lime can be combined and chilled for up to 12 hours in a loosely closed container. Shake with ice, strain, and add ginger beer when ready to serve. The entire mixture, including ginger beer, can be mixed in a pitcher instead of shaken and served to a crowd. The muddled lime leaves will stay intact in the drink (like in a mojito), unless strained or picked out.