It’s become a tradition around here to make a new cranberry cocktail every Friendsgiving. I love the challenge! In the past we’ve had Cranberry Mimosas, Cranberry Orange Margaritas and Cranberry Jello Shots.
This year, I decided to do a twist on my first-love cocktail, the mojito. Oh—mojitos and I go way back. BFFs for life!
To make the syrup: combine a handful of fresh cranberries, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup cranberry juice in a pot. You can double the recipe if you have a large group. Then just stir on low heat until the sugar has dissolved completely.
Right before you take it off the heat, add the juice of 1 whole lime. Let it cool and keep it in an airtight container. If you refrigerate it, it can last about 1-2 weeks, but every time I make it, it’s for a party and it’s gone quick!
In the bottom of a tall glass, muddle a few fresh mint leaves. Combine 1.5 ounces cranberry-lime syrup, 1.5 ounces light rum and 1 ounce lime juice. Add ice. Top off with club soda and stir to mix.
Garnish with a stick of fresh cranberries, fresh mint leaves and maybe an umbrella?
Note: If you’re a fan of super sweet cocktails, double the syrup. This recipe is lightly sweet.