Spiced Rum Mojito

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This summer never reached a point of feeling like a sustained, true summer. Absent were the weeks of 100 degree temperatures coupled with body melting humidity (I’m certainly not complaining). At times it’s felt like late spring. At others, like early fall. It’s been breezy and cool and absolutely glorious. But without the memory of painful, sweltering heat still recent in your mind, those early harbingers of fall don’t seem to resonate quite as fully as I like them to. Kids are headed back to school, college football kicks off in full this weekend, apparently pumpkin flavored beverages are already showing up in bars and coffee shops around the city (too soon!). Normally these are the early signs of autumn that I welcome with open arms and use to push me through those last fews weeks of hot, desolate summer. They have all snuck up on my this year, though. The whole summer has felt like a transition to fall (again, I’m not complaining!), so the start of college football and an unexpectedly cool night where I have to throw on a cardigan to comfortably sit outside on the deck don’t bring quite the same sigh of relief and hope that they have in years past. But I’m still excited that this time of year has arrived. The shift from summer to fall is probably my favorite time of year. It’s not quite as soul lifting as that first hint of spring, of warmth and earth and sunshine. But I like warmer days that fade into cooler nights. The slow turning of the leaves. The crispness that creeps a little further into the air with each passing week. It’s a slow transition, and I like it all the better for that. The way you both cling to summer and embrace fall all at once. I like apples. Good apples. Fall apples.

D and I have made these spiced rum mojitos only once before, but they strike me as the perfect drink for this time of year. A regular mojito, with its white rum and strong minty, sugar flavor is a purely summer drink. I can’t imagine drinking one on a day that wasn’t blisteringly warm, so that the liquid feels like it is actually filling every channel of your body, cooling and refreshing you from the inside out. The spiced rum mojito is refreshing, but the darker rum mellows some of the sweetness and gives it an almost earthy taste that I actually prefer. It would be an ideal drink for a late summer evening, when the sun is fading and the air cools. Sip it while resting with your feet up on the back deck, discussing your football team’s (fingers crossed) first win of the season.

~C.

 

Spiced Rum Mojito

recipe via The Savory

2 oz Spiced Rum

2 Barspoons of Brown Sugar

Juice of 1 Lime

8-10 Fresh Mint Leaves

Soda Water Fill

Mint Sprig for Garnish

In a shaker, muddle mint leaves with sugar and lime juice. Add rum and shake with ice. Dump contents directly into a Collins glass. Fill with soda water. Slap mint sprig and garnish.

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