Mojito cooler served in a tumbler glass

Mojito cooler

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Prep: 10 mins plus at least 1 hr infusing and chilling

Easy

Serves 6

Use a sweet-sharp shrub in a mojito to make a lower-alcohol cocktail without compromising on taste. It's a perfect drink for Christmas parties 

Nutrition and extra info

  • Dairy-free
  • Egg-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

Nutrition: Per serving

  • kcal89
  • fat0g
  • saturates0g
  • carbs17g
  • sugars17g
  • fibre0.1g
  • protein0.1g
  • salt0.01g
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Ingredients

    For the shrub

    • 4 limes, juiced and zest pared into strips
      Lime

      Lime

      ly-m

      The same shape, but smaller than…

    • 5 mint sprigs
      Mint

      Mint

      mi-nt

      There are several types of mint, each with its own subtle difference in flavour and appearance.…

    • 100g golden caster sugar
    • pinch of ground cinnamon
      Cinnamon

      Cinnamon

      sin-ah-mun

      A fragrant spice which comes from the inner bark of a tropical tree. When dried, it curls into…

    • ¼ tsp vanilla paste
    • 100ml white wine vinegar
    • 50ml white rum
      Dark rum cocktail with a lime slice

      Rum

      rhum

      Rum is a type of spirit based on sugar cane. First produced in the 1600s on slave plantations in…

    For the cocktail

    • 4-5 mint sprigs, leaves picked, plus extra sprigs to garnish
      Mint

      Mint

      mi-nt

      There are several types of mint, each with its own subtle difference in flavour and appearance.…

    • 1 lime, chopped
      Lime

      Lime

      ly-m

      The same shape, but smaller than…

    • ice
    • 600ml sparkling water, plus extra to serve

    Method

    1. Put the lime juice in a large jug and top up with water until you have 200ml liquid. Add the zest and mint, then stir in the sugar, cinnamon and vanilla paste. Cover and leave to infuse in the fridge for at least 1 hr or overnight. Stir well to make sure the sugar has dissolved, then strain into a clean 1.5-litre jug and stir in the vinegar and rum. Chill until ready to use, or for up to 12 hrs.

    2. To make the cocktail, stir in the mint leaves, lime pieces and a generous handful of ice.

    3. Top up with 600ml sparkling water and pour into tall glasses with more ice, adding a little more sparkling water, if you like. Garnish with mint sprigs to serve.

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