Mojitos are classic Cuban drinks, traditionally made with rum. Here, Chef Jeff Rossman offers his own interpretation.
Chef Jeff Rossman, San Diego
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1 lime, cut into quarters
15 fresh blueberries
1 1/4 oz. blueberry vodka
1 tbsp. simple syrup (recipe follows)
Splash soda water
Muddle half of the lime and 10 blueberries together in a rocks glass. Add ice, vodka and simple syrup, then soda water. Garnish with remaining blueberries and a lime wedge.
To make simple syrup: Heat equal parts sugar and water to dissolve the sugar. Anything can be added to change the flavor profile (lemongrass, ginger, lime or orange zest, cinnamon, cloves, rosemary, basil, etc.).
Photo by Paul Body