Lemon Ginger Mojito

Lemon Ginger Mojito | The refreshing flavors of lemon, ginger, and mint in a delicious mojito!
There’s this restaurant in Milwaukee, that I loooooove.  It’s called Cubanitas, and it has the most delicious Cuban food. 
Empanadas, ham coquettes, banana chips with guacamole, and a cuban sandwich that is to die for.  I mean, after you eat it, you kind of think to yourself, “Okay.  I’m good.  My life is complete.”

As good as all their food is, their Mojito is out of this world.  It is just the absolute perfect combination of mint, rum, sugar, and lime.  And they shove a sugar cane stick in there that kind of makes all your dreams come true.
Right next to Cubanitas is a sushi restaurant.  And more than once, we have gone ahead and had a few too many mojitos at Cubanitas, and then walked over to have some sushi.
One of my favorite things about getting sushi (besides the actual sushi) is the pickled ginger that comes on the side.  I might be a weirdo, but it is literally making my mouth water as I type this.
So this drink is like an homage to that experience (that makes me sound a real snob, huh?).  Mojitos followed by pickled ginger.
If you love ginger, you are going to want to double the amount I call for.  I looooove ginger, but I know that not everyone does.  The ginger, the mint, and the lemon all together is such a wonderful flavor combination.
And once you’ve made your lemon simple syrup (which is like a liquid lemon drop and needs to be used in about three hundred additional recipes) this drink comes together quicker than you can yell, “Pull up a lawn chair and grab my favorite cooking magazine!”
Lemon Ginger Mojitos
(makes one drink – your going to want to quadruple this recipe)
  • 5 mint leaves
  • one inch of ginger peeled and sliced thin
  • 1 TBSP lemon simple syrup (recipe below)
  • 1 1/2 ounces citrus rum
  • white soda
  1. In the bottom of a tall glass muddle the ginger, mint, and simple syrup (I used the end of an ice cream scoop and it worked beautifully).
  2. Add ice to the glass.
  3. Pour in the rum and then top with the soda, stir well to combine.
Lemon Simple Syrup
  • juice of two lemons
  • zest of two lemons
  • 1 cup sugar
  • water
  1. Put one cup sugar into a small sauce pan.  Zest the lemons over the sugar.
  2. Juice two lemons into a measuring cup.  Top the lemon juice with water so that you have one cup liquid.
  3. Combine the liquid and the sugar and bring to a boil over low heat, stirring until well combined.
  4. Strain the simple syrup to remove the zest.
  5. Cool before using in the drink.
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Comments

  1. says

    I LOVE the lemon simple syrup! Mojitos are our drink of choice in the summer. I have a nice big mint plant on the deck, so we have mojitos at least 2 evenings a week since summer started. ;) I have been making all kinds of variations myself!

  2. says

    Mojitos are my absolute favourite – it’s always my go-to drink when I go out. I love this lemon ginger spin! These are gorgeous photos. They make me want to reach into my screen for a tall glass!

  3. says

    I’m getting HUNGRY reading your post. I love Cuban food!

    This drink looks so good. I love mojitos and I am loving all of the variations that I have seen lately. Thanks for sharing! Pinned!

    Julie @ This Gal Cooks

  4. says

    Here is where I admit something kind of embarrassing: I’ve never had a mojito before! I know – wha…? I’ve been living under a rock. But, I have a mint plant in the back yard, and I think that it’s time that I give it a whirl! I’ll let you know how it goes! :)

  5. says

    This cocktail sounds amazing!! I’ll have to make a couple this weekend! I also love pickled ginger when we get sushi. When I first lived on my own, when recipes would call for ginger, I just assumed it was the pickled stuff. :) I’d buy pickled ginger and end up eating almost all of the container in like 3 days!

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