We’re celebrating Thirsty Thursday in the best, most beautiful way possible!
Mojitos, friends. Blood Orange Mojitos.
I’m not going to even try to convince you that I know a thing about alcohol. I was that one who, when I turned 21, was brought a glass of wine…in bed…by my mother. I was the one in college who was almost always in bed by 11. I was the one who would rather be at home in her PJs reading food blogs with a spoonful of peanut butter than out in da clubs.
But I do know taste. And I know that these Blood Orange Mojitos really hit the spot after a looooong week at work! Or after you did some serious spring cleaning!
Or after plucking your cat off of the kitchen countertops for the 100th time today!
…Not that I would know that from experience or anything.
Through my consumption of an entire bag of blood oranges in less than a week, I’ve found that blood oranges, while freakin’ beautiful, just aren’t as flavorful as a plain ol’ orange.
I know! So sad. So while the blood orange is really bringin’ it with it’s hot pink color, we’re going to need to rely on the typical mojito flavors – lime and mint – to really bring our tastebuds to their happy place.
These mojitos are particularly wonderful because they gave me an excuse to use all of the mint we’ve been growing in our apartment! Those of you who follow me on Snapchat may recall that my wonderful grandmother got me an indoor herb garden for Christmas, and it’s pretty much been the best thing ever. We have mint and cilantro out to wazoo, so we’ve been having Mexican food and Blood Orange Mojitos on the daily.
I’m not even sorry.
Although the color is clearly the best part of these Blood Orange Mojitos, it’s also pretty rad that they’re naturally-sweetened with a homemade honey simple syrup or homemade maple syrup simple syrup.
Holy moly, try saying that 5 times fast.
I ❤️ pretty pink drinks. And you’ll totally ❤️ them, too.Print
Blood Orange Mojitos
- Yield: 1 drink (easily doubled, tripled, etc.)
- 1 Tbsp. honey or maple syrup
- 1 Tbsp. hot water
- 10 mint leaves
- 1 lime, cut into fourths
- 1 and 1/2 ounces aged rum (I used Cruzan)
- sparkling water
- 1–2 blood oranges, juiced (you’ll want about 2 Tbsp.)
- Add honey and hot water to a small bowl and mix to combine. This will be your Honey Simple Syrup. Set aside.
- Juice two pieces of lime into a cup of your choosing (I used a wine glass), and add the juiced lime rinds to the glass. Add the mint leaves and your Honey Simple Syrup.
- Using a long wooden spoon, carefully muddle – aka. crush – the mint leaves and lime. You want to bruise the mint and lime so that they release their oils. Oil = flavor.
- Add rum and ice, and mix to combine. Add sparkling water almost to the top of the glass, and mix well.
- Finally, add your blood orange juice. Toss in the remaining lime pieces and top with a mint sprig if desired.
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