Today we’re kicking off the ‘Summer of Limoncello Cocktails’ series where we showcase a range of refreshing and easy to mix cocktails to be enjoyed in the summer heat using the lemon-based liqueur.
Limoncello is a citrus-based liqueur that can be easily made at home. Organic lemon peel is left to macerate in vodka or neutral alcohol for a period of time before it is mixed with sugar syrup. Other methods include infusing the lemon peel in alcohol and syrup at the same time. You can follow our instructions on how to make limoncello here. Alternatively, you will find the liqueur available to purchase and you can support local distilleries that craft their own limoncello.
The first cocktail in the series takes the Mojito and adds a good measure of limoncello and uses river mint instead of regular mint. River mint (Metha australis) is an Australian native herb with a flavour and aroma described as a cross between peppermint and spearmint with a hint of pepper. It’s easy to grow in a home garden and is best grown in a pot as with all mints, the plant can be invasive. The combination of limoncello and river mint works well in this riff on the Mojito and can be enjoyed on hot summer afternoons well into the balmy evenings. The recipe can also be scaled up if entertaining guests at home.
Limoncello Mojito with River Mint Recipe
Original recipe created by Cocktails & Bars
- 30ml white rum
- 30ml limoncello
- 1 barspoon caster sugar
- 3 thin wedges lemon
- 3 sprigs of river mint
- soda water to top
Glassware: rocks glass
Garnish: river mint sprigs
In a cocktail shaker, muddle the river mint leaves with sugar and lemon wedges. Add limoncello and white rum over ice cubes and shake vigorously. Pour the entire contents into a short glass, top with soda water and give it a gentle stir. Garnish with more river mint sprigs.
The ‘Summer of Limoncello Cocktails‘ series continues next week.