I’m beginning to develop quite the love affair with festive drinks. It all started when I made this sparkling apple cider sangria a couple months ago. The idea of sipping on a yummy drink that went hand-in-hand with the season made me so happy. I knew winter wasn’t too far ahead so I made it a mission to find my next concoction that would pair nicely with the flavors and colors of the festive season.
I starting thinking some of my favorite cocktails and my mind immediately went to mojitos.
Mojitos are something that I only recently started drinking. I’m not a huge fan of rum so I usually just stick to the wines, beers, and margaritas when I need a hard beverage.
But when we went to my cousins wedding last year, I quickly changed my mind. They had a mojito bar that was serving up drinks all night. I figured I should give the classic drink a shot so I took a sip of my husband’s drink and… Oh. My. Lanta. I couldn’t believe I had shunned this drink for so long without even trying it. What a revelation!! I couldn’t even taste the rum. And the mint added such a refreshing essence that made me not want to stop drinking it. Dangerous.
So when thinking of a perfect festive drink for the winter, I knew I had to make a mojito. To continue with my love of cranberry (as seen in these cookies and this fruity crumble), I decided to make the cranberry lime mojitos.
This festive take on the classic drink really pays off! The cranberry juice is the right mixture of tart and sweet so it only enhances this drink and doesn’t overpower it. Plus, the colors of the cranberry and mint and lime just SCREAM holidays, don’t they?!
After making this drink four times in one month, I learned a few tips that I want to share with you guys:
- You can use cranberry juice cocktail or cranberry juice concentrate that is diluted with water. The drinks pictured above are made with 1/2 cup juice concentrate that was diluted with 1 1/2 cups of water. But I’ve also made it with juice cocktail and it tasted just as amazing. The only difference is the color. Juice cocktail makes the mojito a lighter color than the rich color in the pictures above.
- You can make this drink ahead of time but do not make more than 24 hours before you serve it. The mint leaves will start to turn brown after 24 hours. Also, if you decide to make ahead, keep refrigerated without adding the ice. Add the ice right before serving.
- You’ll probably have extra cranberries left over that you can use to make stir sticks. It’s a fun way to garnish this drink. I just took medium wooden skewers and skewered the cranberries on it, one by one.
- I ran out of rum when making this the last time so I substituted silver tequila. It tasted soooo yummy! So that’s an option if you like tequila more than rum 😉
- If you’re making this for a crowd, you should double the amount of the liquid ingredients. However, I don’t feel the need to double the mint or sugar. The flavor is so powerful that the original amount of sugar and mint worked for my larger serving. But if you really, really want strong mint flavor, maybe increase the recipe by half.
You’re gonna love this recipe! And even better…you don’t have to save these just for the winter. Mojitos are great all year long!
What other drinks are you into this time of year?? Let me know in the comments below!
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