This cocktail is a riff on a twist, but a classic in its own right. It starts with substituting vodka for rum in a classic mojito recipe. That change requires another -- swapping out fresh lime juice in favor of fresh lemon, as vodka isn't strong enough to stand up to the harsher lime.
Sweetness and balance is provided by a rich simple syrup made with lemon juice instead of water... but, if you don't want to make the syrup, substitute an equal amount of whatever jam or fruit preserves you have on hand.
Garnished with a mint sprig, and served straight up in an cold coupe glass, the final recipe is bright, light, and refreshing.
- 2 oz Pinnacle Vodka
- ¾ oz Cointreau
- ¾ oz rich lemon simple syrup * (or substitute fruit jam)
- 3 fresh lemon wedges
- 2 sprigs of fresh mint - stem & leaves
* To make lemon simple syrup: dissolve 2 cups of sugar in 1 cup of lemon juice over heat. Cool and use immediately, or refrigerate for up to 3 weeks.
Muddle lemon wedges and mint in a shaker tin. Add vodka, Cointreau, and lemon simple syrup. Shake over ice. Double-strain into a chilled coupe glass, and garnish with a fresh mint leaf.
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