As much as I appreciate the ease and deliciousness that comes with opening and pouring a bottle of wine...this weekend I had a hankering (yes, hankering) for something with a little more...oomph.
And boy did I find it!
We had rum and fresh mint in the house, so my first realization was that mojitos were in order!
I spent a few minutes on Pinterest going over the basics of mojito making.
Then back to the fridge to see if there was anything else in here that might be good. Traditional mojitos were out because I used up the last of my limes the day before!
I found the cranberries. They have been in the fridge for a while, I'm not the biggest cranberry fan...but they came in our weekly organic fruit and veggie box...so there they were.
They sure are pretty.
I knew they would LOOK good in my mojito, but wasn't sure how the tartness would appeal.
My cure for tartness: Madagascar vanilla extract.
And the Vanilla Cranberry Mojito was born.
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 teaspoon Madagascar vanilla extract
1 cup cranberries (divided)
1/4 to 1/2 cups fresh mint
3-6 oz (shots) dark rum - this is a personal judgement call
First, we put the sugar, water, vanilla and half the cramberries in a saucepan and heat till the sugar is dissolved and the cranberries are popping. Remove from heat.
Get out your muddler!
Split your mint, a pinch or two of sugar and a couple cranberries into your glasses and muddle away. Mash that yummy goodness for a few seconds and then let them sit for a few minutes.
Go hug your babies, kiss your love, check Instagram or take some cleansing breaths.
I let mine rest for about 20 minutes because I was also cooking lunch and got distracted! (We had roasted delicata squash on a bed of quinoa with olive oil and basalmic vinegar...delicious!!)
Anyways, once you've let it sit for a bit, add ice, split your simple syrup mix between the glasses, add your booze and top with soda water and any leftover cranberries!
Mrs. Momma Lawler