So last week I made it my goal to make, shoot, and post a new drink every Friday! Here is my first attempt. I am in no way a photo stylist (unlike my friend Adrian over at Garnished who use to photo style for Kelley Moore [check out both blogs, talented ladies with amazing ideas!!]) My inspiration came from a delicious Mojito I had at the Matador a few nights ago. I knew I wanted to do something with rum. I was excited when I received the new issue of Bon Appetit because they had a recipe for a Lemon Grass Mojito, YUM!
2 lemongrass stalks
6 large fresh mint leaves
3 tablespoons of sugar
6 tablespoons white rum
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 cup of chilled club soda
Microwave lemongrass on high for 40 seconds. Cut bottom 7 inches from each stalk. Slice thinly (save top for garnish). Combine sliced lemongrass, mint, and sugar in shaker; mash well with a muddler. Add rum and lime juice until all sugar dissolves. Strain into 2 highball glasses. Fill with ice; top with club soda. Garnish with lemongrass tops and lime wedge.
I really enjoyed this mojito, I do not own a microwave (that is a whole other blog topic) so I skipped the step of microwaving the lemongrass. I think that not microwaving it was the reason I couldn’t really taste the lemongrass. In short, don’t skip that step! Otherwise a delish drink and I went back for seconds. Literally.