Recently both Chef Anne and I discovered a new strain of mint in the grocery store. It’s labeled “Chocolate Mint.” Truth be told I found mine at the neighborhood organic garden run by Pacifica Graduate School in Carpinteria and Anne found hers at Whole Foods. It is a type of mint leaf that has more than a hint of chocolate in its flavor. I thought it would make a great base for tea, or ice cream. Chef Anne had the sheer genius idea of incorporating it into a Mojito. I know it sounds a bit CRAZY, but I think the end result is totally, utterly fabulous. If you’re an adventurous drink person, give this a shot.
Chocolate Mint Mojito (makes one fabulous drink)
- 10 Chocolate Mint Leaves
- 1 lime, cut into quarters
- 3 tablespoons of vodka
- 3 tablespoons of simple syrup*
- 3 tablespoons of sparkling water
Place the 10 mint leaves at the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Squeeze three of the four lime quarters into the cocktail shaker and drop the limes in with the mint leaves. Using a wooden spoon, or a muddler, press down on the mint and the limes to release the oils in them. You want to press on them pretty hard. If you don’t work the leaves and the lime the drink won’t have much zip. Add the vodka and simple syrup. Place the lid on the cocktail shaker and SHAKE, SHAKE, SHAKE. Fill a drink glass with ice. Pour the mixture (including the mint and limes) into the glass. Top it off with the sparkling water. Place the last lime quarter on the rim of the glass and serve.
*Simple syrup is made by mixing together equal parts water and sugar (eg. 1 cup of each) in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil until the sugar is dissolved. Cool.