Bergamot mojito!!! Beautifully fragrant mojito made with bergamot and fresh mint. Traditional cocktail with a bit of a modern twist, green appearance makes it perfect for the St Patrick’s Day!
As it’s St Patrick’s Day next week, it’s only fair we have a drink theme today! And it’s beautifully green, just to fully embrace the spirit of the day!
So here’s the thing… I’m not really a big drinker (any more). And long gone are the days, when I could easily have a bottle of wine for myself during an evening session in the local pub with friends.
OK, let’s re-phrase a little, I still can have a bottle of wine, but the torture of hangover the next day is unbearable. So I choose not to do it (too often). But this bergamot mojito is definitely worth the sacrifice…
Firstly, it’s made with bergamots. And if you are not familiar with bergamot, it’s a fragrant citrus fruit, in size similar to an orange, with a yellow colour, similar to a lemon. Earl Grey tea gets its specific flavour from bergamot. It’s one of my favourite aromas in the world! It brings me back to my ‘zen’ 🙂
Secondly, this mojito has a small spin to it. Rather than ‘muddling’ lime with sugar, lemon and mint in a glass, like you would with a classic mojito, the ingredients are being blend together and frozen for few hours. This creates ‘the granita’. Something similar to a slush puppy in texture. And it makes this bergamot mojito dangerously easy to drink. Raise your glasses!
Also, unlike a classic version, this recipe is using gold rum, rather than white rum. Personally, I think it goes well with either 😉
Lastly, if you want to add a bit more green colour to the appearance, throw a small pinch of spirulina powder or green food dye. I’ve used spirulina in mine. And I can assure everyone, you can’t taste it at all.
So bottoms up friends! And let’s celebrate the weekend and the beautiful, fresh, spring- infused air!
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Refreshing and super fragrant bergamot mojito recipe! Perfect green drink for St Patrick's Day!
- 300 g golden caster sugar
- 30 fresh mint leaves (plus extra for garnish)
- 6 medium limes (juiced)
- 2 medium bergamots (juice and zest)
- 2 large Sorrento lemons (juiced)
- 150 ml golden rum
In a medium saucepan, mix together sugar and 1 ltr of water, bring to the boil and cool down to room temperature.
In a food processor, blend together mint, lime juice, bergamots zest and juice and lemon juice. Add sugar syrup and blend until combined. Pour into plastic container and freeze, stirring with a fork every 30 minutes until frozen.
Scoop the granita into chilled glasses, garnish with lime, lemon skin/ peel and fresh mint.
Cooking time does not include freezing time (3-4 hours).
You can top it up with soda.
Use a tiny pinch of spirulina powder or green food dye to give your mojito super green appearance.
If you can't find any Sorrento lemons, use the ordinary lemons.
Recipe adapted from BBC Good Food.