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.
Bowen Close believes that food should make people happy and healthy, and loves bringing together people with creative, delicious food made from the heart. She loves making farm-inspired, flavorful dishes with sustainable ingredients - whether that's a big plate of roasted veggies, a towering chocolate layer cake, or a cocktail utilizing backyard ingredients - and collects recipes and other food-related stories on her website, Bowen Appétit. She is a chef, cooking instructor, and food writer living in Southern California with her husband and fully stocked pantry.