We visited Minty Synth’s beautiful home this past weekend to enjoy pastries and brunch mojitos! If you haven’t seen Cynthia’s renovated space, head over to her blog or check out the piece that West Elm wrote up on Front + Main (photographed by our very own Mia Blessinger).
We always do our homework, and for good reason! First, we want to make sure our food actually tastes great. Second, things sometimes need to be tweaked over a few tries to really get it right. When it comes to cocktails, we love making them a few times before we perfect it.
The night before we went to Cynthia’s house, we were in the kitchen making these delicious Lavender Mojitos (counts as research & development). We had bought a new pitcher from Target because we wanted to really emphasize those #summervibes *insert palm tree emoji here*. As we are putting the ingredients in the pitcher, it suddenly started leaking all over the place.
Of course we do what any rational human being would do: lift it up and let it continue pouring out of an unknown source while freaking out. We absolutely did not put it in the sink and save what we could. Long story short: always make sure your pitchers are free of holes.
Thankfully by the time we made it to Cynthia’s house on Saturday, we figured out how to keep our drinks in the pitcher by swapping it out with a sturdy glass one.
These Lavender Mojitos are a sweet, floral spin on the classic Mint & Lime Mojito. Lavender syrup can be found at specialty stores, some markets and on Amazon. We made our own by creating a simple syrup and adding a few drops of lavender extract after it had cooled. A little goes a long way with this syrup!
A sweet and floral spin on the classic Lime and Mint Mojito!
Makes: 4 servings
- 1 cup Sugar
- 1 cup Water
- 1/8 teaspoon Lavender Extract/Essence
- 3 oz Lavender Syrup
- 8 oz White rum
- 1/8 cup Sugar
- 1 bunch Fresh Mint
- 1/4 cup Lime juice (about 3 large limes)
- 16 oz Sparkling water
- Optional: 1 sliced lime and dried lavender buds for garnish
- 2 cups ice
- Lavender Syrup: In a small saucepan, combine sugar and water. Heat over medium, stirring occasionally, until the sugar is dissolved - about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Once cooled, add lavender extract and bottle for later use!
- Cocktails: In a pitcher, combine lime juice, sugar and a few sprigs of fresh mint leaves. Muddle until sugar is dizzolved and mint is dispersed throughout the mixture.
- Add the lavender syrup and white rum. Mix with a spoon, then strain into individual glasses that are filled with ice. Top each glass off with sparkling water and a garnish of mint and lavender. CHEERS!