Arugula might not be the first ingredient that comes to mind when making cocktails; however, I assure you that it’s peppery green flavor works perfectly in this refreshing mojito. A handful of leafy arugula is muddled with bright lime juice and honey simple syrup, then shaken with woodsy gin. Finished with a fragrant sprig of mint, this Arugula Mojito is a delightfully complex beverage perfect for a warm spring afternoon. With each sip, you’ll get a pleasant noseful of mint – a slight nod to the classic mojito. What are your favor springtime beverages? Share your thoughts below plus get the Arugula Mojito recipe.
Just for fun: IS THAT A MOJITO?
- Hot water
- 1/2 cup arugula
- 1 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice
- 2 oz. gin
- Mint sprig, to garnish
Start by making a honey simple syrup. The ratio is 3 parts honey to 1 part hot water. I measured 1/3 cup of honey into a small bowl then filled the 1/3 cup one third of the way full with hot tap water. Pour the hot water over the honey, gently stirring to combine.
To a cocktail shaker, add 3/4 oz. honey simple syrup, arugula and lime juice. Using a muddler (or a wooden spoon), mash up the arugula several times. The arugula should look bruised, not pulverized. Add the gin, cap and shake to mix the flavors.
Fill a short tumbler with ice. Strain the mixture through a fine-mesh strainer (this is called double straining) into the tumbler. Garnish with a mint sprig.