Strawberry basil mojitos

Lazy days poolside at my in-laws are fantastic…

and even more so when accompanied by fruity drinks…

My sister-in-law Lauren doesn’t like mint, so enjoying a mojito is difficult for her, unless of course it is made with basil.  So I stole her idea for this mojito variation…thanks Laur!

You will need:
generous handful basil, rinsed and torn
2 tablespoons sugar
8 strawberries, 7 of them sliced
4-6 oz. rum (I used Bacardi Limon)
juice of 1/2 lemon
club soda (or Sprite)

In a small bowl, muddle the basil and sugar together until it resembles a paste.  Slice 6 of the strawberries and then add them to the sugar/basil paste.  Muddle in the strawberries.

Place ice cubs and the rum in a cocktail shaker.  Add the muddled basil, sugar and strawberry mixture and the lemon juice and shake well.

Fill 2 fun glasses with ice and the remaining sliced strawberries.  Divide the mixture in the shaker evenly between the glasses, top off with club soda/Sprite and garnish with the remaining strawberry and some basil if you wish.

Place a straw and a colorful umbrella in the glasses, drink, and repeat!

*the measurements can easily be adjusted to your preference of fruit vs. basil vs. rum ratio!

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