Christmas is SOOOOO close! While I have dubbed this recipe "Christmas Cranberry Mojitos," they would be perfect any time of the year (hint, hint, New Years is coming!)
I love Christmas! The spirit, the movies, the food. Mr. TCW likes to pretend like he is Scrooge, but I think he likes it, too. Then again, I do all the Christmas shopping and food making so what is there not to like?!
Christmas only gets more exciting as my daughter grows. Sure, her first two Christmas's were a bit quiet (she was only a couple of months old the first year,) but she is really getting into the holiday spirit this year.
And what better way to celebrate than with these Christmas cranberry mojitos!
I think they will be a new tradition here. Santa would surely like a bit of punch after all his traveling, don't you think? And while rum is traditional in mojitos, you can totally leave it out to make the recipe family-friendly. I tend to leave the pitcher alcohol free, and add rum to the glasses as we go. This way my daughter can enjoy a glass or two with no worries (because mojitos are definitely up there in her favorite drink department!)
Originally I planned to leave the cranberries in their raw state, but raw cranberries are very tart. Don't need someone biting into one of those suckers while enjoying a drink or two! So I pre-cooked them a bit. I guess you could say I made a cranberry simple syrup for this recipe 🙂 My fear was turning the simple syrup into cranberry sauce, but if you cook the cranberries until they just begin to pop, you should be good. I squished the cranberries as I stirred the syrup to help break them down (without going too far!)
- 1 cup fresh cranberries
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup white rum
- 1 bunch (30 grams) mint leaves, removed from stems
- 2 limes, sliced into wedges
- 3 cups club soda
- Add water, sugar, and cranberries to a saucepan over medium heat. Stir occasionally, pushing on cranberries to help break them down a bit, until sugar has dissolved completely. Remove from heat and continue stirring every so often, trying to break down those cranberries some more. Allow to cool.
- Add limes and mint to a large pitcher. Using a muddler, crush limes until all juices have been released. Stir in 1 cup syrup and muddle a bit more.
- Pour in club soda, and rum. Mix until combined (you can muddle the berries a bit to break them down if desired.)
- Serve over ice in tall glasses!
Raw, fresh cranberries are tart, so you want them to cook a bit in the syrup. Once all the sugar dissolves, you can cook the mixture a bit more to help breakdown the cranberries.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 316Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 6mgCarbohydrates: 57gFiber: 2gSugar: 52gProtein: 0g
These Christmas cranberry mojitos are not just for the holiday season! They would make a great New Years drink. And if you keep frozen cranberries in your freezer all year round, you can enjoy this recipe in the summer (when I really bring out the mojito recipes!)
Stay tuned for one more recipe before the holiday season (here I thought I would get some more Christmas cookie recipes in, but I guess not!)