Mojito recipe using a delicious homemade lavender simple syrup gives a delicious classic cocktail a fun new twist.
This mojito recipe has got to be one of THE most refreshing summer drinks ever. Between the mint, the lime, and the sweet aroma and taste of the lavender simple syrup…this baby’s got back-porch-sippin’ written all over it. [If you have a back porch that is. I currently have a very beaten up screened in porch that is in major need of a renovation.]
I made this recipe for fun one night after stumbling on what seems like a hundred stalks of fresh mint in our backyard. I had been dying to use some of the dried lavender I had just got off Amazon earlier in the week, and the two seemed like the perfect combo. [Spoiler- I was right.]
So How Do We Make It?
Mojitos are very simple to make. The simple syrup takes a little bit of time, but that’s just because you have to let the lavender steep. Which takes absolutely no effort on your part!
A simple syrup is just bringing equal parts water and sugar to a boil and letting it cook down. By adding lavender, you infuse the flavor and smell into the simple syrup. It’s delicious in this mojito recipe, but can also be used in tea, lattes, and in baked goods. Like maybe a lemon lavender cake? YUM.
- FOR THE SIMPLE SYRUP
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 tbsp dried lavender
- FOR ONE MOJITO
- about 7 mint leaves
- 1.5 oz rum
- 1.5 oz lavender simple syrup
- juice from one wedge of lime
- 3 oz sparkling water
- To make the simple syrup, combine water and sugar in a saucepan over high heat. Whisk until the sugar is fully dissolved. Bring to a boil, and then turn the heat to low for 15 minutes. Remove the syrup from the heat and let it steep for another 30-45 minutes. Use a sieve to separate the lavender from the syrup and store in an air tight container in the fridge for up to two weeks.
- To make your mojito, place your mint leaves in a glass and use the back of a spoon to press the leaves into the glass. This helps release the oils. Add ice, rum, simple syrup, and lime juice and stir to combine. Enjoy
- -Note: this is to make one mojito. To refill your glass, you do not need to discard your mint leaves, but can add more if you'd like. You can also adjust the rum, syrup, lime juice, and sparkling water to taste!
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